Free, Fair Election Is Great Concern, Our Position Of Non-Interference Remains Same – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the government’s commitment to free and fair elections will be followed through in future elections,

He said that the bedrock of democracy remains sustenance of the multi-party structure, with trust from citizens.

In an interactive session with some Nigerians in Paris, France, on Wednesday, 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.

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians living in France

 

“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 a 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 the 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 you that in spite of the ill-luck, with drop-in resources, we will do our best,’’ he added.

The President said investments had been channeled into the agricultural sector, with visible results, explaining that the policy on border closure to neighbouring countries was to protect the economy and improve security.

“The future of Nigeria is in agriculture,’’ he noted.

On security, President Buhari said all the service chiefs were changed in order to inject new energy and ideas into protecting the country, adding that the security chiefs were also given clear targets and timelines.

“We will educate people to develop our country. Our greatest resources are our people and educating them is a priority,’’ the President added.

In his remarks, Nigerian Ambassador to France, Kayode Ibrahim Laro, appreciated the President for always creating time to interact with Nigerians, describing him as the “most friendly President to Nigerians in diaspora’’.

At the meeting, Nigerians in Paris raised issues with the President on security, voting in elections, economy and education.

33rd Kano International Trade Fair kicks off

The 33rd Kano International Trade Fair kicked off yesterday with the president of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA); Alhaji Ahmad Rabiu, saying that the Chamber hopes to surpass the record of the previous edition especially in the area of attendance.

“Apart from the eight countries that are already on ground, especially China that came through the Nigeria-China window,we are still expecting more countries that has promised to participate at the fair,” he said.

He added that the fair will link businessmen in Nigeria with their counterparts across the globe.

Also speaking at the event, chairman of the trade fair organizing committee, Yahaya Sulaiman Danbare, said the theme of this year’s fair is very good as no aspect of human endeavour could be achieved without peace.