Controversy over inconclusive polls

Guardian Newspaper Headline (19th February,2019)


Outrage as Buhari orders ruthless action over polls

Buhari orders ruthless action

  • Outrage as Buhari orders ruthless action over polls

President Muhammadu Buhari has given an order to security personnel to deal ruthlessly with any person involved in activities aimed at disrupting the conduct of the general elections.

“The security agents have been placed on red alert to carry out the order ruthlessly,” Buhari disclosed at the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus meeting held at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja.

The president recalled the show of support for him during the APC’s nationwide campaign, reiterating his confidence to sweep the polls.

He said: “I do not expect anybody to make any disturbance. I have briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military to identify hotspots, flash points and they should be prepared to move. They too would have made their own arrangement as possible and resources provided as much as the country can afford.

“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb the elections, maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take. I have directed the police and the military to be ruthless.

“We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections. I want Nigerians to be respected, let them vote whoever they want across the parties. I’m not afraid as I have gone round all the 36 states and Abuja. I think I have got enough support across the country.

“I warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he would do it at the expense of his own life.”

President Buhari warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against taking the country for granted, insisting that the agency would be made to account for the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls.

“The reason for this incompetence has to be explained to the nation. After the elections, we have to know what happened.”