President Buhari dissociates Nigerian government from ‘body bags’ threat

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the diplomatic community and foreign election observers in Nigeria of their safety during the elections

Many will interpret this as an indirect rebuttal of threats by Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, who recently said “we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags”.

He later said he was defending “Nigeria’s integrity” while Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said what the governor said was “in the national interest”.

But Buhari, in a state broadcast on Thursday evening, said the foreign community has nothing to fear.

“I want to assure all Nigerians, the diplomatic community and all foreign election observers of their safety and full protection. Any comments or threats of intimidation from any source do not represent the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Buhari said.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government “to the conduct of free and fair elections in a safe and peaceful atmosphere”, adding that “just yesterday, I signed the Peace Accord alongside 72 other presidential candidates”.

– The Cable

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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