Jonathan says elections must be peaceful, warns against violence

FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

Text of President Goodluck Jonathan’s broadcast Friday, ahead of presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, March 28.

Dear Compatriots,

1. As we prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, I have come before you this morning to express my immense appreciation for the opportunity you gave me to lead this great nation of ours in the past four years.

2. I also wish to place on record, once again, my sincere gratitude for the support you have given my administration without which the significant progress we have made in recent years would not have been possible.

3. In spite of the many challenges we have had to contend with since 1999, our present democratic dispensation continues to endure and grow stronger in keeping with the yearnings and aspirations of our people.

4. We have all worked very hard to nurture and strengthen our democratic institutions and promote the good governance practices which they were designed to deliver for the better well-being of our people.

5. I believe I can say without fear of contradiction that we all clearly cherish the democracy we now have and will never willingly give it up for any other form of governance.

6. This much-cherished democracy of ours is about to be put to the test once again.

7. I urge you all to troop out en-masse to peacefully perform your civic duty of voting for leaders of your choice tomorrow.

8. As we do so, let us all – political party leaders, contestants, party members, party agents, supporters and ordinary voters alike, be very conscious of the fact that the eyes of the entire world are on us.

9. We must therefore comport ourselves in a manner that will further strengthen our democracy and consolidate our place in the comity of truly democratic nations.

10. I made a commitment on assumption of office to progressively deliver freer, fairer and more credible elections in our country. In keeping with that commitment, the Federal Government has given the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) all necessary support to ensure that it conducts very successful elections tomorrow and on April 11.

11. We have all been assured that INEC is fully ready for the elections. I believe that we can all trust that they are certainly more ready now than they may have been before security issues and other concerns necessitated a re-scheduling of the dates for the 2015 general elections.

12. As an administration, we welcome the fact that millions of Nigerians who were yet to receive their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) as at February 14, and would therefore have been unfairly disenfranchised if the polls had gone ahead on that date, have seized the opportunity of the re-scheduling to collect their cards and can now exercise their right to vote tomorrow.

13. We are also glad that our gallant Armed Forces have successfully stemmed the seizure of Nigerian territories in the North-East by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

14. They have recaptured most of the communities and territories formerly occupied by the insurgents, making it possible for thousands of internally-displaced Nigerians to begin returning to their homes and communities.

15. I heartily commend the very courageous men and women of our Armed Forces for the immense sacrifices which they continue to make in defending the nation and protecting its citizens.

16. I also thank all Nigerians for keeping faith with us over the past six weeks.

17. I call on all political parties and politicians in the country to allow the free, unfettered will of our people to be expressed without any hindrance in the coming elections in keeping with the hallowed principles and tenets of democratic governance which we all profess.

18. The will of the people freely expressed through the ballot is the bedrock of all democracies and ours cannot be an exception.

19. Let us all therefore be prepared, as true democrats, to graciously accept the outcome of the elections as the rightful choice of our people from whom all political powers in our democracy must emanate.

20. My administration has done its utmost best in the past four years to deliver on our promise to positively transform our country.

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

22. 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.

23. I will like to restate my belief that no political ambition can justify violence or the shedding of the blood of our people.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. Democracy allows dissent. It encourages differences and even fervent disagreements. But elections must never be mistaken for war or an opportunity to set fellow citizens against each other and tear our beloved nation apart.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. Our dear country, Nigeria is the largest democracy amongst black nations of the world. We are a nation of great accomplishments, with a proud history of evolving affinities.

30. Let us go out tomorrow to vote peacefully and set a fitting example of political maturity for other emerging democracies to follow.

31. I wish you all and our dear nation, very peaceful and successful elections.

32. May God Almighty continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

33. I thank you all.


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  • Maitama Tambari

    FREEDOM TRAIN LEAVES TOMORROW. WE ALL BELIEVE CHANGE COMES 28-03-15. YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • halima

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    • JJ

      Programmed thief….lol scam

  • GEJ’s Transformation Agenda looted and depleted the economy,thereby making Buhari a necessity. Nigerians came out in their large numbers to give Goodluck a mandate because they felt he was like them, despite the alleged arrest of Patience Jonathan with $13.5million by the EFCC. Had GEJ been smart, he would have deferred his stealing to the second term. Today it is a shame that Goodluck had to resort to a Campaign of Bribery and Deceit with 19th Century Trains, few Almajiri schools and Universities as achievements in the midst of no fuel, no power,mass unemployment,poverty and deprivation, N230 exchange rate, corruption etc.

    Do not sit by your computer alone but pass this message around to your uninformed brothers and Sisters in the villages that we should not compensate a confirmed rogue with a re-election. Tell your people to accept the GEJ election gifts because it is theirs, stolen.Do your bit so that the DOLLAR does not exchange for N1,000 by 2019. It is your Civic responsibility to your people or you should not complain when they demand for money to cushion the effects of Badluck. Nigeria is broke and in debt today from the big reserves Obasanjo and Yaradua left behind. Obasanjo even paid all our debts.

  • I Love NIgeria

    Mr, Jonathan.

    Ive been actively campaigning online against you under fake identity. I cant reveal my true name because of bread and butter issues.

    On Sunday, when you would have LOST this election, i will come back to Premium Times and all other online medium.

    That time, i will come under my real name and tell you to your face that you are a failure.

    Never has a man let down millions of followers the way you have. We believed in you are the true change for NIgeria.

    If by some chance Nigerians are mad enough to vote you back into Aso Rock, then know that your punishment will be in the after life.

    The people that have died in NIgeria due to your poor leadership will haunt you. All the small children that died and raped girls in the North will curse you.

    I voted for you last elections; ask your self why i hate you so much this time around.

    You and your crew should enjoy your wealth. Bastard men without vision! You have nearly finished and killed off Nigeria

  • Nostory

    East or West, home is the best

  • I Love NIgeria

    Reproduced from: HonsylGlobal Finance Group, UK

    A possibility because GEJ’s Transformation Agenda looted and depleted
    the economy,thereby making Buhari a necessity. Nigerians came out in
    their large numbers to give Goodluck a mandate because they felt he was
    like them, despite the alleged arrest of Patience Jonathan with
    $13.5million by the EFCC. Had GEJ been smart, he would have deferred his
    stealing to the second term. Today it is a shame that Goodluck had to
    resort to a Campaign of Bribery and Deceit with 19th Century Trains, few
    Almajiri schools and Universities as achievements in the midst of no
    fuel, no power,mass unemployment,poverty and deprivation, N230 exchange
    rate, corruption etc.
    Do not sit by your computer alone but pass this
    message around to your uninformed brothers and Sisters in the villages
    that we should not compensate a confirmed rogue with a re-election. Tell
    your people to accept the GEJ election gifts because it is theirs,
    stolen.Do your bit so that the DOLLAR does not exchange for N1,000 by
    2019. It is your Civic responsibility to your people or you should not
    complain when they demand for money to cushion the effects of Badluck.
    Nigeria is broke and in debt today from the big reserves Obasanjo and
    Yaradua left behind. Obasanjo even paid all our debts.

  • INTERNETPATROLLER

    Dear Nigerians:

    1. While I am a Kenyan, rather than a Nigerian, I will not shy away from commenting on Nigerian issues, especially at this momentous period of time in the history of Nigeria. Why do I say so? Nigeria is too important to be left to Nigerians alone. Nigeria is Africa’s greatest country. Every African is Nigerian by virtue of the fact that he or she is “African.” Nigeria’s success is every African’s success.

    2. As Nigerians prepare to play their constitutional responsibilities in the General Elections that are now upon them, I would like, not only on my own behalf but also on behalf of all those who identify with my views but who are not in a position to broadcast them to the world (wherever they may be on the African Continent or elsewhere), to extend my good regards to all Nigerians.

    3. I call upon the Nigerian people to overcome any narrowly delineated differences and instead focus on the big picture. Let them use their vote, which is their God-given right, to elect whichever political leader they believe is best-placed to lead this great African nation toward its divinely ordained destiny of lifting the whole of Africa from its current depressed state.

    4. Finally, may the good people of Nigeria accept the will of the people and move into the future in unity, equality and fraternity in the wake of the elections. With the grace of God, may the conduct of the Nigerian people serve as a lesson from which Africans from all over the Continent will learn precious lessons.

    • I Love NIgeria

      Thank you sir. As a Nigerian, anytime i travel around Africa and other countries of the world, I note how much disappointment there is on peoples faces when i tell them im NIgeria. They are disappointed because when they see me they see a representation of failed hopes of the black race and the failed aspirations of the African continent. Nigeria has failed so many poeple, not just Nigerians.

      Nigerians are a great people but we’ve unfortunately just been led by the worse people our country has to offer. Just like our present leadership.

      I hope my people will make the right choice this time around and get the right people into power.

      After this elections; we will once again deserve and earn the respect of fellow Africans and the world at large. God Bless NIgeria and thank you for your concern about us. We will try not to fail you.

  • burning spear

    Remember fellow Nigeriansthat——————– Buhari at age 47, in 1989 was having sex with Aisha Buhari at the tender age of 9, an underage according to the constitution of Nigeria. Apart from forging his WASC–IN 1961——-and never made attempt to retrieve it from the University of Cambridge while in London–cause he never sat for his exams. Now unto Madam-whom he raped and raped—until Aisha gave birth at the age of 13—She cannot talk for fear of being assassinated by Boko haram—which Buhari leads-
    So Mrs. Buhari is a victim of sustained childhood rape and her outbursts–which led her to describe Edo women abroad as prostitutes is understandble. She need our help- Because of what she suffered in the hand of Buhari-who raped and raped and raped her until she gave birth at the tender age of 13–”

    Is this the Buhari we should vote for on a Saturday? Haba Nigeria—————————-deflowered a 9 yrs old gal–who had a baby for him at 13? Added to the fact–that buhari may be disqualified on d 22–of-April——–and have tinubu take over–?——d devil u know is better than the angel u know little or nothing about————what a shame-what a country–vote Gej for continuity————not ailing Buhari with pampers under him-vote Gej for continuity–not pampers——

  • the truth

    Nigerias please say no to election violence, say no to a certificate forger, say no to boko haram sympathizer, say no to an illiterate, say no to a convicted drug dealers choice. Nigerians say yes to transformation

  • maureen

    headquarters of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has been set ablaze.

    The church, founded by Bishop David Oyedepo, was reportedly set ablaze by two unidentified arsonists.

    During the incident that happened on March 20, 2015 at about 2:30pm, nothing was saved from the church.

    The burning of the church came a few months after the reported endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by Oyedepo.

    A terse statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by the President of Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nijeria (Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians), General Ishaku Ahmed Dikko (rtd), and the Director of National Issues of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Sunny Oibe, entitled: “Presidential Elections 2015: Signs of what to expect,” called on security agencies to act fast to avoid violence in the area.

    According to Dikko and Oibe, the Christians in the North, particularly the Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri speaking Christians, who are indigenous in these states and live within and among their kith and kin, “are in serious jeopardy”.

    The statement reads in full: “Giwa is the Headquarters of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State. On Friday, 20 March, 2015 at about 2:30 pm, two (2) unknown hoodlums on a motorcycle drove into the premises of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) and set it ablaze.

    “The Church was razed to the ground and nothing was saved from the Church including the building. This action surprised the Christian Community, especially the Church members, as there was no tension or any sign of it between Christians and Muslims in the town.

    “It is, however, a known fact that the people of the Local Government have not been friendly with the Christian Community even though over 90 percent of them are of the same Huasa-Fulani indigenes.

    “The incident actually became more worrisome when no effort was made by a passersby to assist in putting out the fire. In fact, it was a Fulani herdsman that saw the fire and reported to the Police Station. Only one Policeman and a Christian volunteer that ran to the scene and attempted to put out the fire but of course could not achieve anything.

    “This situation and the circumstances surrounding the incidence are a cause of serious concern. If this can happen more than a week to the Presidential Elections, what shall we expect during or after the elections? Is this a sign of what to expect or a dress rehearsal of a repeat of 2011 Post – Election Violence? This is a wakeup call to the Federal, State and Local Government Authorities,especially the Security Agencies.

    Oyedepo’s Church, Winners Chapel burnt down over purported support for Jonathan
    “The Christians in the North, particularly the Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri speaking Christians, who are indigenous in these States and live within and among their kith and kin are in serious jeopardy”.

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