President Jonathan met with the delegation of the National Committee on peaceful elections, led by former head of state, gen Abdulsalami Abubakar and reiterated his commitment to a free, fair and peaceful elections. He said all the political parties’ candidates and their supporters should approach the elections with more patriotism and a greater willingness to place the larger interest of the country above personal interest.
President Jonathan assured the committee that the government has worked hard to promote strong democratic institutions and would not tolerate violence during or after the general elections. He said my cardinal principle has always been, and still remains that the ambition of any Nigeria is not worth the blood of anybody. He said ‘I am not a violent person and I don’t tolerate violence in any form. I don’t believe that violence can be used to achieve anything meaningful in life. He added that ‘I am giving my total commitment to peaceful elections in the country, not, because I am persuaded to do so, but because I believe in it.’
He said, in most cases, you see the opposition heating up the polity so hard because they are working hard to take over government. There are a lot of provocative statements that are being made that communicate something different to the international community. But I believe the elections would be conducted. He added that the issues heating the polity are due to the excesses of politicians, especially the opposition politicians at all levels.
He promised that the elections will be free, fair, and credible and will ensure that the atmosphere will be peaceful.
In another development, President Jonathan also met with the international election monitors made up of the commonwealth, African Union and the European Union.at the Presidential villa, Abuja. The President also reiterated the fact that the opposition politicians were responsible for the tension in the country. He said it was due to their desperation.
“IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the politically disgruntled and the treasury looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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