Saturday September 21, 2019 2:27 AM

2019: As a beneficiary of free and fair election, I’m not afraid – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that as a beneficiary of free and fair elections, he is not afraid of a credible process in 2019.

To this effect, the president reaffirmed his commitment to making sure that the 2019 polls would be free, fair and credible.

The president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday that Buhari gave the assurance at an interactive session the Nigerian community in China.

Buhari pledged that Nigerians eligible to vote in the general elections would be allowed to freely elect candidates of their choice.

‘‘I have no fear about free and fair elections because that is what brought me to the present position.

“I know what I went through and very few Nigerians could boast of trying four time.

‘‘Those interested in participating in the elections must get their PVCs and register in their constituencies and elect anybody of their choice across ethnicity and religion.

‘‘The Nigerian police, law enforcement agencies and INEC must respect the wishes of the people.’’

Citing recent elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi, the president said that the country had made progress relative to elections conducted in previous years.

On security issues, he reaffirmed that his government had succeeded in curtailing Boko Haram insurgents in the country, adding that “the terrorist group no longer controls any part of the country.’’

He attributed the success to operations of security agencies deployed to counter insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country.

‘‘You will all recall that we contested the last election basically on three issues, which includes security, especially in the North-East.

‘‘Boko Haram used to occupy quite a number of local governments in Borno but they are not in any one now.

“They have resorted to a very dangerous way of terrorism by indoctrinating young people, mostly girls and attacking soft targets, churches, mosques and marketplaces,’’ he said.

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