Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said that as a beneficiary of free and fair elections, he is not afraid of a credible process in 2019.
‘‘Those interested in participating in the elections must get their PVCs, register in their constituency and elect anybody of their choice across ethnicity and religion.
‘‘The Nigerian police, law enforcement agencies and INEC must respect the people to express their wishes,’’ he said.
Citing recent elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi states, the president said the country had made progress relative to elections conducted in the past years.
On security issues, the president reaffirmed that his government has succeeded in curtailing Boko Haram insurgents in the country, adding that the terrorist group no longer controls any part of the country.
He attributed the success to operations of security agencies deployed to counter insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country. ‘‘You will all recall that we contested the last election basically on three issues, which included security, especially in the North-east.