Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
The Head of the Economic Community of West African States Observation Mission to Nigeria, Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, on Friday said all Africans were standing in solidarity with Nigerians as they choose their President and members of the National Assembly today.
The former Liberian President said this at a press conference in Abuja.
She expressed her satisfaction with the arrangements put in place by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the elections.
She called on Nigerians and national leaders to continue to maintain peace and adhere to the rule of law.
Johnson-Sirleaf said, “Tomorrow (Saturday), you will have the privilege of voting for leaders of your choice, and in doing so, consolidate the country’s young democracy.
“The process has not been easy, but nothing worth fighting for is. The people of Africa stand in solidarity with you.
“We extend thanks, admiration and gratitude to the Nigerian people for their patience in the face of the last-minute interruptions to their lives with the postponement of the 2019 general elections.
“We have watched the progress of INEC over the past week working together with domestic and international partners in addressing the logistical and technical challenges.
“We are pleased that these operational constraints have been significantly addressed, thus creating a conducive atmosphere for the general elections.
“This signals deepening and the building of confidence in the electoral process.
“We commend you brothers and sisters across the length and breadth of this great country for remaining calm and resilient as these concerns were addressed.
“The signing of the 2019 National Peace Accord facilitated by the National Peace Committee is a further demonstration of the commitment of Nigeria to democracy.”