By Egena Sunday Ode
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the government’s commitment to free and fair elections will be followed through in every future elections, explaining that the bedrock of democracy remains sustenance of the multi-party structure, with trust from citizens.
Senior Spacial Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu disclosed this in a statement, quoting the President to have spoken in an interactive session with some Nigerians in Paris, France, on Wednesday,
According to Shehu, the President noted that results from elections since he assumed office had been a mixed bag, with the people’s choice playing out, promising to keep the template that had brought more credibility to the electoral process.
“Free and fair election is a great concern. In the last elections, our party lost in some elections and it reflects our position of non-interference.
“Normally those in power will win by hook or by crook. We believe in free and fair elections. I have respect for Nigerians to choose their leaders. We have shown we respect our citizens by allowing them to choose their leaders.
“We gave instructions to security to deal with anyone who uses thugs to disrupt electoral processes. What I can assure you is that you can walk about and around with your head raised high that this administration is committed to multi-party system,’’ he said.
President Buhari said he had watched Nigerians spend long hours in campaigns listening to candidates since 2003, 2007, 2011, when he contested elections and lost, and 2015 and 2019 presidential elections, which he won.
“Nigerians deserve respect. I have suffered before, so I know what it means. My duty is to serve Nigeria and Nigerians with all my heart. I assure that in spite of the ill luck, with drop in resources, we will do our best,’’ he added.