Election Postponement: Buhari Releases Statement

Following the decision by the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2015 general elections by six weeks, I wish
to appeal for utmost restraint and calm by all Nigerians, especially the teeming
supporters of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This postponement, which comes on the heels of  the bogey of the National Security Adviser
that half of the registered voters were being disenfranchised was exposed as a
crude and fraudulent attempt to subvert the electoral process. The PDP
administration has now engineered a postponement using the threat that security
will not be guaranteed across the length and breadth  of Nigeria because of military engagement in
some states in the North East.  It  is important to note that although INEC acted
within its constitutional powers, it is clear that it has been boxed into a
situation where it has had to bow to pressure. Thus, the independence of INEC
has been gravely compromised.

As a Nigerian and a presidential candidate in the elections,
I share in the disappointment and frustration of this decision. This
postponement coming a week to the first election has raised so many questions,
many of which shall be asked in the days ahead. However, we must not allow
ourselves to be tempted into taking actions that could further endanger the
democratic process. 
Our country is going through a difficult time in the hands
of terrorists. Any act of violence can only complicate the security challenges
in the country and provide further justification to those who would want to
exploit every situation to frustrate the democratic process in the face of
certain defeat at the polls.
If anything, this postponement should strengthen our resolve
and commitment to rescue our country from the current economic and social
collapse from this desperate band. Our desire for change must surpass their
desperation to hold on to power at all cost. 
We are clearly dealing with people who feel they can get away with placing
their personal interest over those of our nation and its citizens. What is at
stake is the very survival of our country. We must not allow this temporary
delay to abort this great opportunity.  
While I share the pains and frustrations of my fellow citizens over this
development, my deep faith in the democratic process assures me that this
country, with your support, will overcome.
We must remain resolute and rise above all provocations. We
must continue to trust in the entire democratic process and in INEC, which has
been brought under so much pressure in the last few days. Our trust can only
serve to encourage the electoral body to remain steadfast and remain committed
to the rule of law.  I wish to state strongly
that our  party will not tolerate any
further interference with the electoral process. The rescheduled elections of
March 28th and April 11th, 2015 must be sacrosanct.
Nigeria is definitely greater than any of us, and much more
important than our individual ambitions. Before us there was Nigeria, and long
after we are gone there will still be Nigeria. Let  us continue to do our part to make it
thegreat  country that it should be. We
must rescue our dear country. God  being
on our side, we shall salvage Nigeria together.
God Bless Nigeria!
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Party, APC.

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