Nigeria's President and candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan speaks with his running mate and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Kano, Northern Nigeria, on January 21, 2015 . The February 14 vote is expected t ~ AMINU ABUBAKAR
Lagos - The Akran of
Badagry, Aholu Menu-Toyi 1, on Tuesday said the postponement of the general
elections was in the best interest of the country.
The Akran, who made the remark during interview with News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Badagry, urged residents of the area to remain
peaceful and shun violence.
NAN recalls that INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, at a
news conference in Abuja on Saturday, announced that elections would now hold
on March 28 and April 11.
"It is normal that some people would be frustrated with the
shifting of polls because many people were looking forward to exercising their
"Apart from those who were willing to vote, it has also
disrupted plans for other Nigerians, but people should try and see the positive
side of this.
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"With the shifting of the polls, those who are yet to
collect their voter cards would be able to do so and the security agencies
would be able to re-strategise on the best way to provide security to all
"People in Badagry and Nigeria as a whole should embrace
peace and not resort to violence in demonstration of their anger. It would lead
to nothing good. So, embracing peace is the best solution’’, he said.
Menu-Toyi said security agencies informed the commission
that there would be inadequate security if the polls were to take place on Feb.
14 and 28 as earlier scheduled.
He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the country. "At
the moment, the country is going through a lot of challenges. So, Nigerians
should pray for the betterment of our great nation.
"Everyone should also cooperate with the various security
agencies and be law abiding’’, he said.