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Ahead of 2019 Elections, President Buhari Speaks

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari has said that the upcoming gubernatorial race in Ondo State will reveal how organized Nigeria is for the 2019 polls. 

The president said same applies to Rivers State where re-run elections are scheduled to hold. 

Mr. Buhari, who was talking on Monday in Edo State at a ceremony organized to mark his visit to the state, ordered security apparatus in the state to do their utmost best in guaranteeing brutality free races in both states. 

"What happened in (the last races) Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers state irritates me alot," an announcement made by presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, cited the president as saying.

“I think we should go beyond these actions. Why do we kill each other? Putting tyres on people and setting them ablaze.

“I have told the law enforcement agencies, if we can’t conduct an election in one state then we should forget about 2019,” the president said in Premium Times reports.

According to the reports, Mr. Buhari was said to have acknowledged the role the outgoing governor of Edo, Adams Oshiomhole, in ensuring that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the recent governorship election in the state.

The president challenged the governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, to continue in Mr. Oshiomhole’s footsteps of providing purposeful leadership in terms of quality infrastructure, education and social services.

“The publicity your predecessor has given his performance is going to stretch you to the limit,” the president told the governor-elect.

“Considering what he has done, you have to continue in his footsteps. We wish you the best of luck and will do our best to support you.”

On the current economic challenges in the country, the president assured Nigerians that his administration was working hard on diversification of the economy to limit the country’s over-dependence on oil over the years.

“This country has incredible mineral resources. All we need is to believe in ourselves so that we can have and leave a better Nigeria for our children and grandchildren,” he said.