The forthcoming general election will mark a watershed that will define Nigeria’s future as a country, United States (U.S.) Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington has said.
Symington noted that for the country to be placed on a stable footing, all the stakeholders must ensure the conduct of a credible and peaceful elections just as he said all institutions of government must do what is right.
The Ambassador who made the remark while addressing newsmen yesterday shortly after meeting with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike at the Government House in Port Harcourt noted that “All of the institutions of government must do what is right. Election is not a matter of life and death. It is a matter of defining the future of Nigeria. There must be free, fair and credible elections.”
According to him, the idea of a free people with the ability to make free decisions remains the most important idea in the world.
Symington said: “I am quite confident that on Election Day, the sons and daughters of the powerful will not be out there causing violence.”
He urged the people to have the courage to reject any call for them to be engaged in violence during the elections.
On the campaigns, he urged the electorate to always ask their political leaders to outline ways through which they will actualise their promises.
He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Party (APC) and the former Vice President Atiku of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) believe in the votes of the people making a difference during the polls.