Muluzi appeals for calm in Nigeria: Leads Commonwealth observer Group

Malawi former president Bakili Muluzi who is leading a Commonwealth Observer Group has appealed to Nigerians to remain calm following Saturday’s postponement of the general elections from February to March and April.

Dr Bakili Muluzi, Chairperson of Commonwealth Observer Group (centre left) and other Commonwealth observers meet Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission
Dr Bakili Muluzi, Chairperson of Commonwealth Observer Group (centre left) and other Commonwealth observers meet Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission
Muluzi meets Nigeria opposition candidate Buhari
Muluzi meets Nigeria opposition candidate Buhari
Muluzi meet stakeholder in Nigeria elections
Muluzi meet stakeholder in Nigeria elections

Muluzi made the appeal on Monday when he and other Commonwealth observers met Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission. They also met presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, diplomats and members of civil society organisations.

“We have requested to meet President Goodluck Jonathan,” said Muluzi, who appealed to all stakeholders to remain calm and patient and to give the electoral body the support it needs to deliver the important elections.

The election commission said it moved the poll date because troops needed to protect polling stations were being deployed to fight Boko Haram.

“Soon after our arrival, we were informed of the decision taken by the Chairman of INEC to postpone these elections by six weeks in light of the security situation facing Nigeria. We understand and respect this decision, taken in difficult circumstances,” Muluzi said.

Muluzi said they look forward to the rescheduled elections taking place on 28 March, “to enable the people of Nigeria to exercise their democratic right.”

He said: “The Commonwealth Observer Group encourages the relevant authorities to do their utmost to ensure the safety and security of all citizens and deliver the conditions which are conducive for a peaceful and credible poll.”

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari from the APC is challenging incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, who heads the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the upcoming elections in what looks set to be a tight race between the two.

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Cimenti
Cimenti
5 years ago

Atcheya, you have really earned your credentials as an international diplomat for peace by, inter alia, encouraging peace in this country. And what you are doing ther in Nigeria can only enhance your credentials. Congrats and keep it up!

losco
5 years ago

Kuchiteketee!!!

musa
musa
5 years ago

palibe chikukuzana ndi mipingo

pansi
pansi
5 years ago

A Tcheya, mukukwanira, mumakwanira, now you are indeed ‘ International Political Engineer’ We Pray for Wisdom from Above and as you lead you CW group and promote unity in Nigeria. Best wishes from us who love peace and Unity in our beloved Africa..

yale
yale
5 years ago

Achakulungwa sopano

MCP GVT
5 years ago

Acheyaaa. Now u r a wise political engeneer. But tikakhuta tisamakambe za azitumiki a Mulungu. Jst comment.

Ineyo
Ineyo
5 years ago

Mnsana wachira? Titsegulenso mlandu bwanji a Tcheya?

de' Morgan
5 years ago

A Chalume!!!! Smart yokhayo, eeeee!!!! ndikawawatu. Anyamata apa town satekeseka asaaaaa!!!!

marko
marko
5 years ago

KODI AMPANDO AKUTALKER CHINYANJA KAPENA CHIYAO CHIFUKWA NDIKAONESESA MEMENO NDI ISLAMIC STATE YOKHAYOKHA EASTERN REGION ACHALUME…MANGOCHI,MACHINGA,BALAKA NDI LIWONDE .BOKO HARAM ILOWA M’BOMA KU NIGERIA ACHINA JOSHUA AZIZAPANGA MA PREDICTIONS KU MALAWI KUNKUNO AMVEKERE MENE NDAONERA DZULO KUKKHALA NJALA YAYIKULU CHAKA M’MADERA ENA AKE MAKAMAKA CHA KUMUSI UKU KU NSANJE NDI LOWER SHIRE CHIKHWAWA (DPP NAME WHICH WAS ENDORSED TO GAIN MASS POPULARITY IN BIG KAHUNA ERA)ANYAMATA KUPANGA MA PREDICTIONS TCHALITCHI MUDZINA LA BABA.

ayiluswadickbunayah@gmail.com
5 years ago

Tate pandale..ukulu wake umaoneka pogonjera zinthu msanga only for de luv of his country “Ndale sadya”

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