On the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, special representative of the secretary-general and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), has commended Nigerians for a peaceful and participatory pre-election period
He further welcomes the signing on 13 February of the Second National Peace Accord by Presidential candidates and urges them to mobilise their sympathisers and supporters to adhere to the tenets of free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections, devoid of hate and denigration of each other.
The special representative calls on all Nigerians to firmly reject all undemocratic and negative voices that may seek to disrupt the elections and promote conflict between Nigerians. He encourages Nigerians to come out in their numbers and cast their vote peacefully in an exercise of their civic responsibility.
The special representative affirms that the success of the polls is the responsibility of all Nigerians and relevant Nigerian institutions, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, political parties, candidates, religious leaders, civil society. Ibn Chambas urges all candidates and party leaders to seek redress of any grievances they may have through legal and constitutional means.
While calling on the all stakeholders to prioritise the interest of the country, Chambas hopes that the successful conduct of peaceful, free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections will set another example for the elections coming up in West Africa and Africa, and underscore Nigeria’s one of the leading positions in the region.