2023: Buhari Issues A Strong Warning To Those Planning To Rig Elections

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja advised those planning to rig the 2023 general elections to perish the thought, vowing to use every legitimate means to protect the votes of Nigerians.

A statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the President said this when he spoke at an Iftar dinner with members of the Diplomatic Corps. The President also cautioned politicians against foreign interference in the forthcoming elections.

He said,

“Those planning to rig the upcoming elections should think again because I intend to staunchly preserve and defend the holy will of the Nigerian people, expressed through the ballot box. As you are all aware, the tenure of this Administration ends on 29th May 2023. Typical of election years all over the world, the tempo of political activities is often high.

That is the nature of democracy. I am committed to bequeathing a stronger culture of credible elections to Nigeria than I met.

As Nigeria goes through this trajectory, I urge our friends in the global community, represented by you the Diplomatic Corps, to adopt a positive role that reinforces the doctrine of respect for our internal affairs and respect for facts and is devoid of preconceived notions and bias”.

Addressing the Russia-Ukraine conflict, President Buhari called for greater consideration for humanitarian conditions in the affected areas in the ongoing crisis, warning that the conflict will get worse if an immediate resolution is not found.

“The war has lasted too long, cost so much, and hurt too many people, well beyond the immediate theatres. The rest of the world is progressively facing the impact of the conflict and this will certainly get worse, if an immediate resolution is not found, not least in the area of food security”, he said.

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