President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians against perpetrating violence in the forthcoming general elections.
The nation’s leader stated that those who indulged in violence will not escape the wrath of the law and advised the citizens to be peaceful and shun political thuggery.
Buhari spoke on Monday during the women conference of the First African Church Mission, held in Zuturung, Gada Biyu, Zango Kataf Local Govt Area, Kaduna state.
Represented by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Congo, Deborah Iliya, Buhari said, “I’m not an apostle of bloodshed, no, I’m not available for violence.”
The President further called on the women to play their motherly roles in the building of good homes and of the country in general.
While congratulating the church on behalf of the President, Ambassador Iliya 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.
“The President is man of peace and bridge builder. Though he has been greatly misunderstood by many because of his fight against corruption, but he means very well for Nigeria, he is a respecter of every religion and tribe.
“Those who sponsor and perpetrate violence in the 2019 elections, no matter how highly influential, will face the law. Let me also say that Nigeria is our country, we do not have any other place called Nigeria.
“This country will not be sacrificed on the altar of violence. Our youths are the leaders of tomorrow and so, they must shun any invitation meant to use them for violence.
“As you all prepare for the general elections, please come out, cast your votes. Do not exchange your Permanent Voters Cards for money. Your PVC is your power, come out, exercise your franchise and ensure your vote counts.”