Hussaini H. Coomassie

2023 poll: UN envoy, Coomassie rally youths to participate in electioneering process

In a goodwill message to mark the 62nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria in Abuja, he enjoined those jostling for the exalted seat of the presidency to prioritise the message of peace, unity of Nigeria and her development during this campaign period.

Calling on the presidential candidates to accept the outcome of the poll in good faith, he stressed the need for the election of a leader that will protect their future and the generations yet unborn.

According to Dr Coomassie, something is now clear that no administration will ever take the country and her youths for granted again based on the current political consciousness of Nigerians.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Lagos state governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Kano state governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former Anambra state governor Peter Obi are the top presidential candidates.

Dr Coomassie, who is double as the global vice chairman, of Advocacy for Good Governance & Social Justice Network (AGGSJN) also warned supporters of the major presidential candidates against thuggery, hate speeches and fake news during the electioneering campaign.

While congratulating Nigerians home and abroad for the 62nd Independence Anniversary, the UN Representative expressed hope that the country will overcome all the challenges confronting her presently.

He noted: “From the International Peace Commission of the United Nations we felicitate with Nigerians home and abroad for celebrating the country’s 62nd Anniversary of Independence from the colonial rule. It is our firm belief that Nigeria shall overcome all her challenges and emerge as a great Nation that is destined to be.

“As the Nigerians getting ready to elect another leader to succeed the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari next year, it is our hope, however, that the major contenders will prepare their minds and that of their supporters to gladly accept whatever the outcome will be in the sportsmanship spirit.

“This I emphasise should be registered in their minds that only one of them will emerge victorious at the poll as Nigerian voters will decide. Therefore, I urge the political gladiators and their supporters to embrace peace, preach peace and practice peace during and after this forthcoming exercise.

“Nigeria should be seen as a collective project and not a personal project. This Nation is greater than anyone and history will not forget in a hurry whatever was said and done either in the country’s favour or against her.

“I believe that God in His mercy has magnanimously blessed Nigeria with enormous resources. This nation is only yearning for the right leadership to creatively tap into these resources and turn around her fortune. The forthcoming national election is another opportunity to right the wrong.”