2019: We’ll allow the will of Nigerians prevail, Buhari pledges
NEWS DIGEST–President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday gave the assurance that there would be free and fair elections in 2019.
He stated that the will of the Nigerian people, as expressed through the ballot would prevail.
Buhari spoke in Abuja when he received the letter of credence from the Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Dr Jyrki Juhani Pulkkinen, at the Presidential Villa.
He noted that Nigerians reserved the right to choose the leaders of their choice at the general elections, adding that their decision would be protected.
“I respect the people’s feelings…I assure all that we will have a free and fair election next year,” a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as telling the Finnish envoy on Thursday.
The ambassador, in his remarks, said Finland hoped to expand the areas of mutual benefits to both countries to cover electricity, smart technology and crisis management initiatives.
He added, “We will like to contribute to Africa rising, and we know that Nigeria is the biggest country on the continent, so we are very interested in the growth of Nigeria.”
The President also received a letter of credence from the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr Jerome Pasquier.
Buhari specifically sought the help of France in Nigeria’s anti-terrorism war.
Meanwhile, the President on Thursday conferred the 2018 Nigerian National Order of Merit award on Professor Olufemi Obafemi.
Obafemi, a Professor of English and Dramatic Literature at the University of Ilorin since 1990, is a playwright, poet and author.
Obafemi, 68, was the 76th recipient of the N10m NNOM award and the only person who got it in 2018.
The award was first instituted in 1979.
Obafemi had initiated an experimental tool and theory of analysis for revolutionary aesthetics in Africa.
Speaking at the ceremonies, Buhari stated that the government would study the reports of the Nigerian National Merit Award and take actions on some of the recommendations contained therein.