John Adams, Minna
Former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has described as very disappointing the sudden postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for yesterday.
“It is disappointing that the elections had to be postponed after a lot of preparations had been made, after all the politicians have campaigned and for one reason or the other the election is postponed,” he noted.
Abubakar, who spoke in Minna on Saturday while reacting to the postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said despite the disappointment, Nigerians must remain peaceful and pray that the electoral body overcomes its logistical challenges.
“You are very much aware that elections were scheduled to have taken place today. But because of logistical challenges the INEC, in their wisdom, decided to postpone the elections to Saturday next week.
“I appeal to Nigerians to remain peaceful and not to resort to any form of disturbances capable of breaching the peace as a result of the elections postponement.
“Let’s keep the peace and not resort to any violence act. Let us hope and pray that INEC will put its house in order and get it right next Saturday.
“I also want to appeal to Nigerians to bear with the INEC and let us try to help them to overcome the logistical challenges they are having. We must therefore ensure we keep peace. Let us keep peace; let us not have any disturbances because of the setback we have from the election postponement.
“As much as possible, you try to bear the disappointment because a lot of Nigerians traveled to their various locations for the election to be able to do their civic right, but unfortunately here we are today. Let us hope and pray for INEC that they overcome their problem so that the elections will hold on Saturday next week.”
The former Head of State, however, expressed reservation over the inability of Nigerians to trust those that have been given responsibility to conduct the elections, adding that people were already making insinuations about the postponement.
“The major problem we have in this country is trust. Let us continue to trust people that we have given responsibility. People are beginning to insinuate already but I think we should trust people in position of authority,” he stated.