The Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria Stuart Symington has urged Nigerians to interrogate politicians using hate speeches and disseminating fake news saying they such are capable of dividing and causing problems among the people.
The US envoy said this when he paid a visit to the Kaduna Police Command on Wednesday. He advised Nigerians not to disappoint those that looked up to the country after the feat recorded in the 2015 by getting the 2019 general elections right.
“These kinds of negative speeches can have negative impacts in the future. There are other people who have pointed fingers at those who are saying the elections would come out wrong, saying the elections can be right if every citizen of Nigeria act on the understanding that they are individually responsible for anything they get from the polls,” he stressed.
“The State of Kaduna is an important place during this election. I am here to underscore a couple of key ideas. The first being that these elections are really about Nigerians, decided by Nigerians under its laws which will define the future of Nigeria.
“The election is also for others who have looked up to Nigeria’s example of democracy in the past especially if it would be as good as that of the elections of 2015,” he said.
The ambassador said further that it was important for Nigerians to decide on the election’s credibility like they did in 2015, “so that its credit will be invested in democracy and freedom throughout West Africa and across the entire World.”
He noted that there has been cheering commitments from President Muhammadu Buhari and other leading candidates contesting to rule the country to ensure that every vote counts.
He added that people must take responsibility for their actions, “First before God, second under the laws of the country, in the eyes of countrymen and lastly in the eyes of the world.”
He then encouraged all Nigerians to participate peacefully in the elections, to guarantee free, fair, peaceful and a credible honest reflection of their choice.
In his own remark, the Police Commissioner, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, gave assurances that the command would do its best in providing level playing field to all political parties, candidates and the electorates to actively participate in the polls.
“The Police have no interest in the outcome of the elections or the person who wins eventually, ours is to police the process to its conclusion. We are the referees without a team, just abide by the rules and don’t engage in hate speeches right from the campaign to elections,” Mr Abdur-Rahman said.
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