Security personnel on high alert for elections



from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that the nation’s security agencies are prepared for any attempts to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections.

The President gave the assurance during a nationwide broadcast on Friday.

“Those who may harbor any intentions of testing our will by unleashing violence during the elections in order to advance their political ambitions should think again as all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that any persons who breach the peace or cause public disorder during or after the elections are speedily apprehended and summarily dealt with according to our laws,” he said.

“The nation’s security agencies are also fully prepared and ready to deal decisively with any group or persons who attempt to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections or cause any form of public disorder,” Jonathan said.

The President added that Saturday’s election is another very important milestone in the country.

Tomorrow’s election is another very important milestone as we continue our march towards the fulfillment of our God-given potential for greatness as we continue our march towards the fulfillment of our God-given potential for greatness,” said Jonathan.

He added,  “The election offers us another opportunity to empower leaders of our choice once again, and to show the world that genuine democracy is alive and well in our beloved nation.”

Jonathan restated his belief that no political ambition could justify violence or the shedding of the blood of the people.

“I reaffirm once again, my personal preparedness to ensure fair play during the elections and to deploy the resources and institutions of state only in the manner prescribed by our laws.

“Let me warn, however, that as President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, I am under oath to protect the lives of all Nigerians and the security of our country at all times. I will never abdicate my responsibilities in that regard.”

The President called on all political parties and politicians in the country to allow free and unfettered will of people to be expressed without any hindrance in the coming elections

“The will of the people freely expressed through the ballot is the bedrock of all democracies and ours cannot be an exception,” said Jonathan.

– CAJ News

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