President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to go out on Saturday and vote the government of their choice.The president made this appeal in a national broadcast Friday morning ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections rescheduled to hold Saturday February 23,2019.
Apparently drawing from the general disappointement of last Saturday’s postponed polls,Buhari said “We must cast aside doubt and have faith that INEC will rise to the occasion. We must believe and encourage INEC to fulfill and honour this responsibility it owes to our country.”
The president said he believes “INEC realises the profound and weighty duty that rests upon it.”
He added: “As your President, I hereby ask all Nigerians with voting cards to participate in defining the future of our nation by exercising your democratic rights tomorrow. I urge you to go out and vote.
“I say this because elections are the cornerstone of representative governance. And voting constitutes the highest and best expression of the sovereign will of the people to choose the government that best represents them.
The President urged Nigerians not to be discouraged by rumours of violence and unrest.
Buhari said: “Do not be afraid of rumours of violence and unrest. Our security agencies have worked diligently to ensure that adequate security measures are in place.
“You will be able to vote in an atmosphere of openness and peace, devoid of fear from threat or intimidation.
He assured “International and domestic monitors and observers of their safety and freedom of movement needed to perform their important functions.
“As we thank domestic monitors and observers for their contributions to our democracy, we also thank the international groups for the friendship and concern they have demonstrated to our nation.
“We appreciate their efforts in encouraging us to further entrench and strengthen our democracy, the president said.