WHY NIGERIA’S ELECTION MUST BE SUCCESSFUL

AFRICA’S most populous and largest economy, Nigeria, goes to the poll tomorrow, to elect a new President.

All eyes will be on the biggest Black nation with bated breath, and a simple wish that it goes through the exercise successfully.

So much is at stake. Nigeria is going to hold the keenest poll ever, between the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan and the opposition, All Progressive Congress (APC), candidate, General (rtd) Muhammadu Buhari.

The election in Nigeria, is so critical and important for many reasons.

Beside the tension, the country is currently going through an insurgency, unleashed on it by the Boko Haram and the prayer of all peace-loving people around the world therefore is that, tomorrow’s election should pass off, hitch-free.

We urge all Ghanaians to join Nigerians and indeed, the whole world, to pray fervently while exercising vigilance in order to prevent anarchists from disrupting the election.

In fact, it is the wish of The Ghanaian Times that Nigeria never falls into chaos, if the elections are not held successfully. God forbid! The attendant confusion could be disastrous not only to Nigeria but the entire African continent.

That is why Saturday’s poll must pass off peacefully, freely, and fairly to guarantee the uninterrupted democracy.

It is true that Nigeria is currently facing a myriad of socio-economic problems, and that is the more reason why the country needs to stand united in its quest to remain solid and stable.

The Times wants to remind all Nigerians that legitimate elections are the true cornerstone of enduring democracies the world over, and therefore, it is necessary to stay committed to democratic principles for its survival.

The outcome of the election tomorrow should therefore, confirm the democratic progress of Nigeria and drum home to its citizens that, they are a people of one country with a common destiny.

It does not matter whether one is a Muslim or a Christian, a Northerner or a Southerner, what is important is, for all Nigerians to work towards one principal goal: — a stable Nigeria.

It is no exaggeration that many African countries look up to Nigeria as the future of the continent, so whatever happens there, has enormous impact on many others.

The election tomorrow, if successful, would be a success story for not only Nigeria, but the entire continent.

What else can we say or do, than to wish the entire Nigeria, a successful and peaceful poll?

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