A former Head of State retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on Friday in Jos, Plateau State, asked Nigerians to vote out incompetent leaders during the 2019 elections rather than just relax and complain of hardship.
The former military leader spoke at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, during the 2018 Distinguished Annual Lecture for Senior Executive Course 40 participants.
At the event that had the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as Special Guest of Honour, Abubakar condemned the practice of vote-buying by politicians, insisting that it must be discouraged by all means.
He said, “Every citizen has a duty. You must not sell your vote. You must register to vote.
“Stop criticising the failures of government, go and vote them out if you think those voted are not doing their job.
“We must all try to work on our nationhood through constitutional and policy framework. It is only in this way that we can ignite responsible leadership for the country.
“It is through this approach that we can truly build national institutions that will enthrone justice and equity.”
Abubakar further described the 91 parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission as an “unwholesome development.”
According to him, INEC was not helping the country’s democracy by registering too many political parties as most of them were still regional in character and lack ideological inclinations.
He as well called on the INEC to be transparent in its activities if it wished to engender confidence among Nigerians.