Presidency has applauded recent United Nation’s prediction that 2019 elections in Nigeria will be credible and violent free, adding that this is another indication of the world’s confidence in Nigeria’s current administration.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, assured that the 2019 general elections will indeed not only be free, but seen to be fair.
Garba Shehu’s statement, is coming a day after a United Nations representative Mohammed Ibn Chambers made the prediction in Abuja where he pointed out that credible and peaceful local elections so far conducted in different states across Nigeria, were enough indices to judge what to expect for the presidential elections in 2019.
Shehu while expressing pleasure at the world body’s accurate observation of the trends in President Buhari’s government, said although Buhari’s administration does not believe in cheap propaganda, said the government has taken steps that will lead to free and fair elections come 2019.
“The Buhari government doesn’t believe in cheap propaganda,” he said. “It’s not about responding to the attacks, false allegations and insinuations of the PDP or of the still very active media machinery of the previous government. We believe in taking active steps to ensure that the future of Nigeria is better than it is today and we are glad to see that the United Nations has acknowledged this.”
“Under the government of President Buhari, a number of credible elections have been conducted in states and local governments across Nigeria and, so far, there has been no cause for fear or worry,” the SSA Media said.
He added that the 2015 elections which saw the historic election of President Buhari – the first time in Nigeria and one of the rare occasions in Africa when an incumbent was soundly defeated in an election – were credible simply because of the presence and diligence of Professor Attahiru Jega.
“ At one of its meetings, the Council of States last year put on record the appreciation of the nation for the conduct of the 2015 elections and commended the leadership of Professor Attahiru Jega as Chairman of the Commission for bringing that about.
“In addition to the steadfastness of the INEC, the ECOWAS, AU, EU, UN and other international bodies also had to be on guard to ensure that there was no opportunity for the kind of foolishness we saw at the INEC collation center from people in the circle of power to flourish,” Malam Garba said.
“But, in 2019, the international community will have nothing to fear, and I am happy that the UN can already sense that several months in advance.”
Tony Ailemen, Abuja