The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buahri in an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community in China today, Sunday 2nd of September 2018, said that as a beneficiary of a free and fair elections, he is not afraid of credible process comes 2019 elections.
President Buhari, who addressed the members of Nigerian community in China in his working visit to the country said that his administration has succeeded in curtailing the Boko Haram insurgents in the country, that the terrorist group no longer have access or control in any part of the country. he claimed that the recent elections in Bauchi, Kogi and Katsina states are clear evidence that his government had made progress compare to elections conducted in the past administrations.
The Nigerian President also pledged that Nigerians who are eligible to vote in the forthcoming 2019 elections will be allowed to cast their vote to any candidate of their choice, also assured the Nigerian community in the Diaspora that while security agencies are doing their utmost best to contain the clashes going on in the country, the Nigerian media need to complement these efforts through objective and informed reporting.
‘‘I have no fear about free and fair elections because that is what brought me to the present position. I know what I went through and very few Nigerians could boast of trying four times. Those interested in participating in the elections must get their PVCs and register in their constituencies and elect anybody of their choice across ethnicity and religion. The Nigerian police, law enforcement agencies andINECmust respect the wishes of the people,
You will all recall that we contested the last election basically on three issues, which includes security, especially in the North East. The Boko Haram used to occupy quite a number of local governments in Borno State but they are not in any one now. They have resorted to a very dangerous way of terrorism by indoctrinating young people, mostly girls and attacking soft targets, churches, mosques and marketplaces,
‘‘To my disappointment, the members of the press in Nigeria do not make enough efforts to study the historical antecedents of issues that are creating national problems for us,’’ he said.
President Buhari also touched on the issue of those Nigerians who traveled out of the country to seek greener pasture outside the country to do that legally and legitimately, also to have at the back of their minds as they are travelling to their various destinations, should not expect much from these countries they embark for.
‘You cannot seek greener pastures in a place where you are not respected because of the colour of your skin or your lack of education or other things. Personally, I think you will earn more respect when you remain at home and get a job,’’ President Buhari said.
The president was very firmed with this concerns even thou many Nigerians will disagree with him on the basis of the deteriorating living conditions Nigeria has to offer compare to these countries that classifies them as second class citizen. Some will say they prefer that berating to what they get in a country they are first class citizen in.
The Nigerian president who made his intention known to run for office again for the second term has been doing a lot of international traveling lately, garnering international relationship for the country and also bidding for support to his ambition to run for office again. Though, his support at home (Nigeria) is somehow dwindled and divided across his loyalists and opposition parties.