By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Abuja
Senate President, Senator David Mark has assured the international community that despite the daunting security challenges in the country, Nigeria will go ahead with the planned February general elections.
Senator Mark who gave the assurance when he received the United States of America, USA, Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle in Abuja of Friday said that every preparations had been made to ensure a free, credible and transparent elections.
He said in spite of the anxieties and fears being expressed ahead of the elections as a result of the security situation occasioned by the Boko Haram onslaught in the North East States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, adequate preparations had been made by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the security operatives to ensure that the elections were peaceful.
Informing the USA envoy that INEC was well equipped with necessary tools and personnel for the polls, Senator Mark said, “Nigerians are ready for the elections. Our citizens are now more conscious of their rights and indeed the values of their votes. What we expect from our friends and the international community is support and cooperation.”