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Buhari’s Threat May Cause Election Apathy

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Nigeria News takes a look at the consequence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s words for ballot snatchers.

The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, General Muhammadu Buhari has spoken and it is about Saturday’s election.

I watched with rapt attention as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole boiled with words over the postponement of the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections.

If the eloquent former Labour leader had gotten the power to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakub, he would have done so on Monday.

As Oshiomhole spoke, I could see for the first time the eagerness in Buhari to take the microphone. He was visibly angry.

Perhaps, he was not enjoying Oshiomhole’s ranting that was laced with emotion and sympathy. Buhari wanted Oshiomhole to speak like Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who would always hit the nail on the head.

True, Oshiomhole and the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai may have shared some traits, the former Labour leader is a bit diplomatic in his speech.

And when Buhari eventually grabbed the mic, he spoke gently but his words carried Power. He had no much words to speak as he offered a gentle advise to ballot snatchers.

He said that the ballot box snatchers would be doing so at the expense of their lives. Of course, a ballot box snatcher will not come to the polling station without arming himself with a weapon.

He must be ready for resistance not only from the police, soldiers, and operatives of DSS but also from the electorate who want to protect their votes.

The resistance, no doubt may lead to out-right brawl and consequently death.

That is why many have argued that the former army general threatened a prospective ballot box snatcher with death as he put it mildly that whosoever that is planning to disrupt the election may be playing with his life.

Buhari’s statement trended for public censure. He quickly wore a garment of dictatorshipwho was preparing to do jungle justice.

Extra Judicial Killing, Nigerians roared against Buhari’s statement. Why must a President say such words?

To many political analysts, Buhari’s statement will definitely trigger the overzealous soldiers and policemen to attack innocent electorate.

This statement will in no small measure affect the Saturday’s election in that many voters will refuse to show up at the polling stations.

There is a looming apathy due to Buhari’s statement. The political atmosphere is tenser. The operatives of the Department of State Service are after the Head of logistics for INEC, Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu.

The DSS operatives have invited the man for questioning over his roles in the postponement of the Saturday’s election.

And for the fact that he is an Igbo man, there has been a total condemnation of his invitation by a section of the country.

So going to the polling station on Saturday will definitely cause some suspicions and couple with Buhari’s statement, many electorate are scared that anything can happen during the polls.

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