Abuja - Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, expressed concern over the negative attitude of some Nigerians regarding the forthcoming general elections, saying it was militating against local economic growth.
The governor stated this during a town hall meeting in Warri where professional groups and civil society organizations based in the state met.
He noted that the attitude of Nigerians was sending wrong signals to investors.
Uduaghan said the negative attitude was impacting negatively on the economy as investors held back their funds thereby retarding the country's economic growth.
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He added that the value of the dollar rose far above that of naira because Nigerians were giving out the impression that there would be violence after the general elections.
“There is this erroneous impression that we are giving to the international investors that there will be violence after the elections and it has affected the inflow of money from businessmen," Udughan said.
He said locals must work hard to ensure that elections were violent-free.
"Whoever loses should wait for another election. Whichever way the election goes, we must maintain the peace and ensure that the naira appreciates,” he said
The governor criticized those inciting Nigerians based on different divides as a result of the forthcoming elections.
"The effects of inciting people could be disastrous even to those engaging in inciting others."