Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Nigeria and international communities are fully confident that it would conduct one the best elections in the February general elections in Nigeria, making it clear that there would be no excuses.
“We must not make mistake of allowing the international community to make jest of us, as such, those we want to beg are the Independent National Electoral Commission, who had just told us here on how the process would go, to assure us that it shall be well.
“You must be fully prepared. You must be up and doing. No excuses. You know all this terrain very well. There should be no delay and late arrival of voting materials.
“A situation where somebody at Egua will be phoning at 11am that they are still expecting materials will be unacceptable. A situation where the Police will be telling us no fuel to move will be unacceptable.”
Obasanjo spoke today at a public enlightenment programme on electoral process, organized by the Organization of Tadhamunul Muslimeen and The Muslim Congress, Ogun State chapter, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
The former President who was represented at the occasion by Chief Idowu Akanle warned that Nigeria cannot afford to bungle the elections, adding that the international community is watching the country.
He said that there is the need for Nigerians to protect the integrity of the country with their votes, fearing that the failure of the elections would bring the nation to ridicule in the face of the international community.
“The elections are crucial and the international community is watching us. We should not disappoint them by ensuring that the elections are free and fair.
“This election is for progress and development of this great country and should be devoid of sentiments, like religion, ethnicity and nepotism. This election should be a unity election for all of us.” [myad]