Jonathan restates commitment to peaceful elections

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday, in Abuja reiterated his total commitment to ensuring peaceful, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria on Saturday and April 11.

Speaking at an audience with a delegation of the National Committee on Peaceful Elections led by former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, President Jonathan urged all political parties, their candidates and supporters to approach the elections with more patriotism and a greater willingness to place the larger interest of the country above personal ambitions.

The President said that the Federal Government had worked very hard over the years to promote strong democratic institutions that will sustain the country’s democracy and will not tolerate any form of violence during or after the polls that could reverse the gains of the present democratic dispensation in the country.

“My cardinal principle has always been, and still remains that the ambition of any Nigerian is not worth the blood of any body. I am not a violent person and I don’t tolerate violence in any form. I don’t believe that violence can be used to achieve anything meaningful in life.

“I am giving my total commitment to peaceful elections in the country, not because I am persuaded to do so, but because I believe in it,” President Jonathan said.

The President called on religious and political leaders, community heads and other senior citizens in the country to be vociferous in condemning incidences of electoral violence in the country, such as the stoning of opponents.
President Jonathan also said that he would be quite willing to meet and sign another peace accord with the Presidential Candidate of the All Progress Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, to further emphasize his total commitment to a violence-free poll on Saturday.

The Chairman of the National Committee on Peaceful Elections, Gen. Abubakar commended the President for his consistency in insisting on peaceful, free and fair elections in the country at all levels.

Other members of the delegation were Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd.), Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Zainab Alkali, Sam Amuka-Pem, Priscilla Kuye and Rose Ukeje.
At another meeting with a group of international election monitors, President Jonathan gave an assurance the coming elections will not generate the type of violence that followed the 2011 elections.

The international observers were from the African Union Group led by Amos Sawyer, the Commonwealth Group led by Bakili Muluzi, the European Parliament and the Republican Institute.


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  • eddy

    I almost feel sorry for Jonathan… but then again he brought this up on himself.

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  • Antia@ Ekanem

    What we want is a peaceful separation or disintegration and not election. It’s time to dismember this useless union bequeathed to us by Britain.

  • Jones

    Vote for “All Peoples Choice” on Saturday. Our democracy must work for us.

  • vote for PDP, Goodluck jonathan, transformation must continue.

  • no violence, vote in peace, vote wisely, vote GEJ>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>march28th

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    we believe the election will be peaceful

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    That will help Nigerian and we deserve a better change, we need a better nation, thanks for reassuring us, we will vote wisely and protect it

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  • uduak akpan

    there shall be no violence,election will be free and fair

  • uzo

    election will be violence free

  • Maitama Tambari

    Is it true after the statement made by the new decamped Deputy Governor to Rivers State on Monday, what his wife Patience has been saying, stone those calling for change and Kaduna State Governor calling for curfew in Kaduna State without any iota of break of piece in the city. All these are calling to violence by PDP members. WE ALL BELIEVE CHANGE COME 28-03-15. YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • kingsley obi

    Security is not just for the government alone, we all have our roles to play.

  • Kufere

    Let’s give it up for the man that did it in 2011 and who will repeat history again.

  • faith adams

    I am sure security agencies will be fully on ground to ensure safety of lives and property.

  • Dr Sam Nwiyordee

    I must say i trust in your word Sir.

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    Jonathan the “Gentle Giant”

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