President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his commitment to a peaceful transfer of power after next year’s presidential election.
Speaking in Lisbon, Portugal, the President gave assurances of a free hand to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He added that INEC were committed in delivering a peaceful, transparent, free, fair and credible election.
“We also look forward to a smooth transition to the next government. As I have said before, our administration will not compromise on doing the right things and the welfare of Nigerians, home and abroad.”
Furthermore, the president also cautioned against the use of social media to insult and incite. He urged Nigerians in the diaspora to use their platforms to always promote Nigeria’s unity.
‘‘The world is a global village and technology has shrunk the world even more. Although you reside beyond Nigeria’s boundaries you can engage easily with the country. In fact, we see the impact of that engagement clearly on social media.
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This platform has empowered Nigerians in the Diaspora and given you great influence. As we have seen, however, social media can be a force for good as well as a force for evil. Many countries, including our own, have had to take strong measures against some social media platforms to curb their excesses and prevent them from destabilizing our societies.
I, therefore, call upon you to use social media responsibly. We all want the best for our country and people, so let us strive to build, unite and prosper our nation and people and not to insult and incite from a safe and anonymous distance.’’