Buhari warns against election violence

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday warned Nigerians against engaging in violence during the forthcoming general elections, saying he is not an apostle of bloodshed.

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He advised Nigerians to embrace peaceful conduct, shun political thuggery and other forms of crisis.

Buhari spoke during the women conference of the First African Church Mission, held in Zuturung, Gada Biyu, Zango-Kataf Local Govt Area, Southern Kaduna, with the theme: “I will help you”.

The President, who was represented by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Congo, Deborah Iliya, described those sponsoring violence during elections as unpatriotic.

Calling on the people of Southern Kaduna to support his re-election in the forthcoming polls, Buhari said: “I’m not an apostle of bloodshed, no, I’m not available for violence.”

The President called on women to play their motherly roles in the building of good homes and the country.

He appreciated the leadership of the African Church of Mission for their invitation and reiterated his relentless efforts and commitment to creating a more conducive environment for the citizenry, saying: “We are one big family.”

Congratulating the church on behalf of the President for the solidarity and support they have continued to give the government, Ambassador Iliya said the Nigerian project had already become a reality.

She said: “I believe that your prayers will give your leaders the power towards their numerous efforts to improve the lives and well-being of all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs or creed.

“In the front-burner of the agenda of the present administration is the provision of adequate security to the citizenry. This, the President has since demonstrated, by equipping the various security agencies, so that they would always act more efficiently.

“The President has told me to inform you that he sees human life as sacrosanct and will do everything to protect lives and properties. Try to live in peace and harmony with one another and avoid anything that could bring trouble.”

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