By Taye OBATERU, Samuel Olaniran, Jos
President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians and the international community of his government’s resolve to ensure the success of the 2011 general elections, stating that: “It shall be one man, one vote and that the vote of the people will count this time round.”
In a message to the graduands of Senior Executive Course 32 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, yesterday, the President, represented by Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, said everyone “can be rest assured that credible leaders will emerge who shall submit themselves to accountability and good governance.”
He called for a re-orientation of the mindset of the voting public urging them to “be attentive to sound political ideologies and manifestos put forward by individuals and parties seeking election.”
He warned them to “beware of politicians that are noted for bread and butter politics who seek to occupy public offices through substantial monetary offer that pleases them by the highest bidder.”
The President encouraged Nigerians to elect, as their public representatives, “men and women with proven record of high performance for the delivery of the dividends of democracy through good governance.
He praised the institute for producing quality policy-makers and strategists who had continuously assisted the collective effort in nation-building.
On the occasion, Acting Director-General of the institute, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, acknowledged the support and encouragement from President Jonathan and appealed for more funding to enable the institute achieve greater goals.