The atmosphere is a bit tensed as Nigerians prepare to go to the polls in a few hours to decide who will lead the country for the next four years.
Our Global Programmes Director, Vweta Chadwick has this message for all Nigerians.
Nigerians, home and abroad. What a significant time in the trajectory of our young democracy this is.
We are at a defining moment in our democracy and we all - present in this time have the privilege of playing a role in shaping our nations destiny.
I was discussing with a colleague earlier and he said “Nigeria is preparing for her first democratic elections…” and I could not agree more.
The last few months have showed us a glimpse of what a true democracy could be, should be. Though we are many years away from upholding the tenets of a true democracy, there is no gainsaying that we are in the right direction.
Political office aspirants have been busy, rigorously canvassing for our votes, persuading us to trust their promises, making us feel and believe that for the first time, our votes will count.
This feeling has being empowering.
In a few hours, the presidential polls will open, paving the way for all of us, eligible voters to chart the course of our future. We have that much power at our disposal, and I suggest we use it very wisely.
“…there is only one team in this ‘game’ and it is ‘#TeamNigeria.”
As we go to the polls to exercise our constitutional right and civic duty, let us think unity and oneness of purpose.
Let us bear in mind that there is only one team in this ‘game’ and it is ‘#TeamNigeria.
Let us think carefully before making insidious and inflammatory comments that may insight others to violence, let us think about the common space that we share, this space that holds us all together – Nigeria.
Let us remember that a true democracy neither begins at the polls nor does it end at the polling booth, it is a continuous process. We must defend and protect our votes, and even after the winners have being declared, we must remember and be prepared to hold them accountable for their actions and/or inactions.
Let us hunger alone for a taste of justice and truth.
It is my utmost wish that the outcome of this election bring peace, progress and prosperity to all Nigeria and all Nigerians.
May God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nigeria... Good People, Great Nation.