President Muhammadu Buhari he has recommitted to leaving a legacy of credible elections in the country.
She also said that having more women and youth participating in the electoral process in the 2023 general election is one of her deepest wishes.
Buhari had this to say on his national Independence Day broadcast on Saturday.
The Independence Day broadcast is the president’s last because he will leave office in May, when he will complete his second term.
Buhari said that he has decided to bequeath a sustainable democratic culture to the country, noting that this was the reason for signing the 2022 Electoral Law.
He stated that his experience in the survey explains his determination to improve the process.
Mr. Buhar participated in the presidential elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011, but lost to former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.
However, he won the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections.
“That is why I have resolved to bequeath a sustainable democratic culture that lasts. The signing of the Electoral Law of 2021 modified with historical provisions further assures us of a more transparent and inclusive electoral process.
“Having witnessed up close the pains, anguish and disappointment of being the victim of an unfair electoral process, the search for an electoral system and processes that guarantee the election of leaders by citizens continues to be my guiding light as I I prepare to end our administration. ”, said the president.
He pointed to the recent independent elections across the country as proof of his commitment to free, fair and credible elections.
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“Everyone would agree that the recent elections over the last two years in some states (notably Anambra, Ekiti and Osun) and some federal constituencies have demonstrated a high degree of credibility, transparency and freedom of choice with the votes of people really counted. ” he said.
Mr. Buhari urged politicians to avoid hate speech and focus on issue-based campaigning ahead of the election.
The president also warned young people to avoid being used by politicians to undermine the nation’s democratic process.
He said that his desire is to see young people and women participate in the political process.
“I also want to express my hope that we will see more female and youth participation in the next election cycle,” he said. “I am sure that our abundant and energetic youth now realize that violence often mars elections and therefore they must desist from being used by politicians for this purpose,” she said.