Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has encouraged all Nigerians to continue to maintain calm, exercise patience and restraint during and after Nigeria’s elections.
This was contained in a statement his office on Friday.
Chambas also hailed the signing of the Second National Peace Accord by presidential candidates including President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubabar, and urged them to mobilize their supporters to adhere to the tenets of free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections, devoid of hate and denigration of each other.
He called on all Nigerians to firmly reject all undemocratic and negative voices that may seek to disrupt the elections and promote conflict between Nigerians.
“He encourages Nigerians to come out in their numbers and cast their vote peacefully in exercise of their civic responsibility”, the statement added.
“The Special Representative affirms that the success of the polls is the responsibility of all Nigerians and relevant Nigerian institutions, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, political parties, candidates, religious leaders, civil society.
“Ibn Chambas urges all candidates and party leaders to seek redress of any grievances they may have through legal and constitutional means.
“While calling on the all stakeholders to prioritize the interest of the country, the Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel hopes that the successful conduct of peaceful and credible elections will set another example for the elections coming up in West Africa and Africa, and underscore Nigeria’s leadership in the region,” the statement read.