President Buhari receives Letter of Credence from Ambassadors of Japan, H.E. Yutaka Kikuta/Femi Adesina

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed confidence that the forthcoming general elections in 2019 will be free and fair.

The President’s belief is hinged on the fact that the country had so far organised five general elections since the return to democracy in 1999.

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A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the President spoke while receiving Letters of Credence from four ambassadors, including the Ambassador of the Peoples’ Republic of Japan, Yutaka Kikuta, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari said the 2019 general elections would usher the country into another clime of maturity, peace and unity.

He added that the country’s political and electoral institutions have continued to evolve in strength, skill and experience after each election.

The President said, “We are currently on the threshold of another general election and after five general elections in the country since 1999, we expect that the 2019 elections will be free and fair.

“The political system is good and if people work hard, they will succeed.”

He attributed the increase in the number of political parties that will field candidates in 2019 elections to the fact that Nigerians are now more politically conscious and willing to serve the country.