👤 Uthman Muhammed, DENISAURUS News
President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival Abubakar Atiku signed a deal to ensure the election scheduled to take place on Saturday is free of violence.
Nigerian elections are usually marred by violence, but the deal which was signed in the nations capital, Abuja today, gives the electorates assurances that political parties will “function as actors for peace.”
Voters will elect their Presidential candidate and also chose members of the National Assembly on the same day.
The President who is running for a second term, despite warnings from ex-generals such as Olusegun Obasanjo for him not to do so, ensued for peace.
While signing the peace accord with about 70 candidates, he asked that democracy must be allowed to grow in the country.
“Another election is upon us and not unexpectedly, there is anxiety in the air,” he said: “This is typical of any form of competition and contest, no matter how well prepared all contestants and regulators are. The forthcoming elections are very special and significant for the growth of our democracy.
“First, they come immediately after one of the most peaceful elections in the history of our country. I am not saying this because I was blessed to emerge as the winner. I am saying there had been a lot of fears and anxieties from within and outside Nigeria about the future of the country.
“We are hopeful that this is evidence that we are all maturing in our disposition towards electoral outcomes. We see this as an opportunity to grow our sense of political culture in Nigeria.”