2015 ELections: Goodluck Jonathan warns Nigerians to expect soldiers during elections, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday defended the heavy deployment of soldiers for the just-concluded Osun gubernatorial poll, saying the trend would continue in the 2015 general elections.The president, who spoke yesterday during Inter-faith Conference in Abuja on the theme: “The imperative of interfaith understanding and cooperation for responsible politics,” also assured that the general polls next year would not divide the country, as wrongly suggested by some persons. Urging Nigerians to disregard predictions of anarchy in 2015, the nation’s leader said: “Our challenges in the present must not be allowed to inhibit our progress.”
He lamented that as the 2015 elections draw near, “the doomsday sayers are out and predicting how Nigeria is going to catch fire next year. In the opinion of some so-called experts, our ethnic and religious differences are bound to boil over. They portray us doomed to fail.”
“But I can say categorically that Nigeria will not disintegrate; we will not fail. We will surely get over our challenges and become even a stronger nation.”
Jonathan blamed the Internet and the social media for aggravating the fear of many Nigerians towards 2015, saying: “You will be attempted to think along the same line. In a country of over 170 million people, the opinion of very few is now being elevated above that of over 100 million Nigerians.
“I once again assure Nigerians and the international community that the 2015 elections will come and go and Nigeria will stand stronger. The Nigerians I know and interact with every day are only asking for one thing in the election, transparency, free and fair conduct, and I have promised them.”