Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, in an apparent reaction to the United Nations prediction that the 2019 general election would be credible and violence free, said that Nigeria is truly on the path to free and fair elections in 2019.
He said that “the Buhari government doesn’t believe in cheap propaganda. 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.”
He however said that the 2015 election was credible “simply because of the presence and diligence of Professor Attahiru Jega. At one of its meetings, the Council of State 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.
“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,”