On Tuesday, Mr. Stuart Symington, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, has urged Nigerians to give themselves credible elections in 2019 by avoiding acrimony and standing against electoral malpractices.
Symington has made the call at the Peace and Security Network (PSN) Quarterly Roundtable with the theme, “Towards 2019 Elections in Nigeria: Securitisation of the Electoral Process and the Prevention of Violence’’.
He said: “I stand for an idea of network, which is a network of Nigerians that will make elections succeed. It has to be a net, it has to be people and organisations linked to each other with strong bonds and purpose.
“Then, that net has actually got to work in every sphere and corner; it has to have people that are citizens woven together that represent government, electoral commissions, security services, federal, state, local officials.
“Secondly, it is more important in the world than Nigeria – the reason is that some people talk about the potential population of Nigeria which is already exploding.
“Now the question will be how to finance the energy and the opportunity of this extraordinary youthful population for the good of its entire people, its neighbours and the whole world.”