President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians of a peaceful and transparent process of electing a new leader when the people go to the polls next year.
He gave the assurance on Sunday while addressing the nation as part of activities lined up to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day.
“I remain committed and determined to ensure that a new president is elected through a peaceful and transparent process,” he said.
Buhari also pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to ending terrorism and kidnapping in the country and ensuring justice for victims.
“I and the security agencies are doing all we can to free those unfortunate countrymen and countrywomen safely,” President Buhari said of those being held captive by terrorists and kidnappers.
“For those who have lost their lives, we will continue to seek justice for their families against the perpetrators.
“For those currently in captivity, we will not stop until they are freed and their kidnappers are brought to justice.”
The President and his administration have frequently been criticised for the handling of national security and the reaction to incidents of terror.
While some have accused the President of being indifferent to the sufferings and plight of the victims, he gave a different position in his speech.
“I am living daily with grief and worry for all those victims and prisoners of terrorism and kidnapping,” he said.
He called on Nigerians to remember the victims as the country marked Democracy Day.
“On this official day, I want us all to put all victims of terrorist activities in our thoughts and prayers,” he said.