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Published On: Thu, Feb 21st, 2019

Postponement of elections damaging Nigeria’s credibility, Group laments

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

A group under the aegis of Buhari Votes Guards and Awareness, has said the postponement of the 2019 elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), is an act capable of seriously damaging the image and credibility of Nigeria before the International Community.
The National Coordinator of the group, Engineer Kailani Muhammad, stated this at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday.
Engr. Muhammad said that despite the excuses and reasons given by the INEC, Nigerians expected that they have reached a level in electoral experiment where only a natural disaster of monumental proportions can affect general elections.
According to him, the fact that INEC had to wait just a few hours to the opening of the polls to announce what it considered an inevitable decision leaves much to be desired.
He said that it is equally curious to note the fact that some opposition elements as well as their sympathetic media houses had already spread the news of a postponement of the elections long before INEC took such a decision, pointing out that while the APC was aware of all these, Nigerians had expected INEC to be proactive and ally with security agencies to keep these unscrupulous elements in check.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that the sudden nature of this postponement has thrown Nigerians, many of who travelled long distances and closed shops to perform their civic duty into considerable financial and psychological stress.
“It would be noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration gave INEC all the free hand and resources as is expected of him, confident that the Commission will perform its constitutional duty without fear or favor and without being unnecessarily intimidated or swayed one way or the other.
“We urge everyone to remain calm and law abiding. More importantly let us all be even more vigilant. Those who wish to hurt our democracy for selfish gains will not relent but our resolve and resilience cannot be shaken,” he said.
Speaking on the anti-corruption fight by President Buhari, Engr. Muhammad said the war is taking giant steps to rid Nigeria of corrupt government officials, with the latest culprit and victim, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen.
According to him, never a time in the history of Nigeria has such a decisive action was taken on a very highly placed government official in order to discourage sleaze and restore sanity into the polity.
Engr. Muhammad explained that the judiciary is being protected against itself by politicians so as to take home favour when there is need.
“From the executive to the legislature, the judiciary was seen as a sacred cow that mist be nurtured and revered for political manipulations over time immemorial.”
“The crux of the matter is that Justice Walter Onnoghen through sheer greed and stupid arrogance has attempted to sell-off the mandate of Nigerian voters to an incompetent and greedy thieving cabal whose only purpose is to milk Nigeria dry. Hence, the desperation to procure elections with ill-gotten wealth in their favour by all means. Now the chicken has come home to roost, and the die is cast.
“We strongly believe in the Buhari strategic synergy to fight the corruption war. We strongly believe that the fight against corruption is yielding the desired results. Those who are hell-bent to truncate the process should either accept the manifestation or leave for exile,” he added.
The National Coordinator of the Buhari Votes Guards and Awareness,further stated that the most frightening and daunting of Atiku desperation to occupy the presidential villa is !manifest in his bribe of Christian and Muslim clerics across the country.
He said that what surprised him was that money was given to Christian clerics, but that given to Muslim clerics was never mentioned. “The Chairman Voice of Northern Christian Movement, Pastor Kalamu Musa Ski Dikwa, confirmed that the clerics were given money. They gave the Christian clerics N7 billion on 26 January 2019.
“This issue wanted to cause confusion among the clerics, because the following day, the Muslim clerics were given N12 billion. Subsequently, we protested about the disparity of the amount. But those who gave the money explained to us that because the Muslim clerics attend to their followers daily at the mosques, they are expected to spend more.
“We have evidence to prove that both the Christian and Muslim clerics received huge amount of money from PDP. But I adviced that both Christian and Muslim clerics should stop damaging the image of APC candidates in the election,” he said.

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