Stuart Symington, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, said the future of the country depends on the forthcoming general elections as he urged the institutions of government to promote credible and peaceful polls.
Daily Sun reports that Symington made this known after meeting with the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
According to him, “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.”
The envoy said the idea of a free people with the ability to make free decisions remains the most important idea in the world.
According to him, “I am quite confident that on election day, the sons and daughters of the powerful would not be out there causing violence.”
Symington urged the people to have the courage to reject any call for them to engage in violence during the elections.
On the campaigns, he charged the electorate to always ask their political leaders to outline ways through which they would actualise their promises to them.
The envoy said President Buhari of the APC and former vice president and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, believe in the votes of the people making a difference during elections.
Meanwhile, Continentour.com.ng had reported that the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, William Stuart Symington, said injustice and disregard for the rule of law are worse than the stealing of public funds.
Symington made this known on Monday, October 22, at the convocation lecture of the University of Ilorin, Kwara state, where he delivered a lecture on “Citizen leadership and the link between economic diversity and democratic good governance.”
The ambassador described disregard for justice and rule of law as “more damning a corruption than stealing of public funds”.
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