In reference to the recent violence that marred the rerun elections in Rivers State, President Muhammadu Buhari said more Nigerians’ lives have been wasted in the Rivers than any other states in Nigerian.
Speaking at the first National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja this year on Thursday, the president expressed sadness over the violence that characterized elections in the country and appealed to security agents to try to give Nigerians the confidence to go out and perform their constitutional responsibility without molestation, adding that even though the leadership of INEC has been changed, he has shown that he has a lot of respect for them and the security agents quote . . .
“I want Nigerians to remember, even if I have to leave the Presidency tomorrow, that I respect them.”
“I want all Nigerians to believe and hold their PVC as personal entitlement as Nigerians and use it the way they like, and vote for whoever they like at which ever election. If they voluntarily sell it, it is part of their right and so, let them sell it and remain at home and not participate in any election. But let the law enforcement agencies give them the confidence that nobody will come out who has money to hire thugs, give them drugs and stop them from exercising their fundamental right.
“I am afraid I did not succeed in the election in Kogi, Bayelsa, Rivers. I think that more Nigerians are killed or killed themselves in Rivers than in any particular state. At this stage of our political development, to remain brutal is shameful and as a government, I promise we will do something by the next general election.”
President Buhari, who spoke amid a tight security cordon mounted at the APC national secretariat, also said the administration had so far raked N3 trillion into the Treasury Single Account, TSA. He therefore urged party supporters to stay the course, saying that progress was being made on all fronts, from the economy to the security situation in the country.