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Stop complaining, vote out bad leaders, Abdulsalami to Nigerians

Valentine Chinyem

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Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has told Nigerians that instead of the continuous complain about the present hardship in the country, that it is most apprppriate to vote out incompetent leaders during the 2019 elections.

Abubakar said this while speaking on Friday, at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, during the 2018 Distinguished Annual Lecture for Senior Executive Course 40 participants, in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

He said, “Every citizen has a duty. You must not sell your vote. You must register to vote.

“Stop criticising the failures of government, go and vote them out if you think those voted are not doing their job.

“We must all try to work on our nationhood through constitutional and policy framework. It is only in this way that we can ignite responsible leadership for the country.

“It is through this approach that we can truly build national institutions that will enthrone justice and equity.”

He said vote buying by politicians should be discouraged in its entirety, saying it is bad for a society that wants democracy to strive.

Abubakar added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not in any way doing the country good by registering too many political parties as most of them were still regional in character and lack ideological inclinations.

Further more, the former head of state urged INEC to be transparent in its handling of electoral processes if it really wants to instill confidence in among Nigerians.

Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was also at the event as Special Guest of Honour.