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We’ll ensure free, fair elections in 2023, transfer of power to winners -Buhari

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has assured Nigerians and the international community of free and fair elections in 2023 general elections, and peaceful transfer of power.

He also assured that necessary mechanisms will be strengthened to ensure that Nigeria witnesses another peaceful transfer of power.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said Buhari made this known at a Virtual Summit for Democracy organised by President Joe Biden of the United States.

“As we countdown to our next general elections in 2023, we remain committed to putting in place and strengthening all necessary mechanisms to ensure that Nigeria will not only record another peaceful transfer of power to an elected democratic government but will also ensure that the elections are conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner.

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“Your Excellencies, Nigeria will continue to actively support the democratization processes in our region West Africa and the African continent at large. But regrettably, our democratic gains of the past decades are under threats of unconstitutional takeover of power.

“This unwholesome trend, sometimes in reaction to unilateral amendments of constitutions by some leaders, must not be tolerated by the international community. Nigeria fully supports the efforts by ECOWAS to address this growing challenge and appreciates the support of both the African Union and the United Nations,’’ Buhari said.

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