Nigerians must hold Buhari, APC, INEC responsible if 2019 elections is rigged – Sultan of Sokoto


Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Saturday urged Nigerians to hold President Muhammadu Buhari to his words on the conduct of free, fair and credible general elections in 2019.

Abubakar made the statement at the 2018 Second General Meeting of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, youths wings summit.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to ensure violence-free campaign and free, fair and credible 2019 elections. So we will hold him to his words,” he said.

He said that Nigerians should take a stand and not be used by politicians and other stakeholders to cause violence, especially during the forthcoming general elections.

Abubakar said that the second summit came at the time Nigeria had been politicised by the political class and that there was the need to sit as a family irrespective of their various religions.

He advised Nigerians to be united, adding that the summit is aimed at contributing to a peaceful participation of inter-religious groups on the 2019 election.

The sultan called on the youths not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to instigate violence of any kind.

In his remarks, The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, said that Nigerian youth should work together irrespective of their differences in their doctrines.

“We should use our different religion to move the country forward,” he said.


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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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