Buhari goes against El-Rufai over body bag comment

President Muhammadu Buhari  has dissociated his government from Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s threat that foreign observers will go back in body bags if they interfere with Saturday’s presidential election.

Mario Reporta reports that the governor of Kaduna state  had said that “we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags.”

He later said he was defending “Nigeria’s integrity” while Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, said what the governor said was “in the national interest”.

But in a state broadcast on Thursday evening, the President assured the diplomatic community and foreign election observers in Nigeria of their safety during the elections

Buhari said: “I want to assure all Nigerians, the diplomatic community and all foreign election observers of their safety and full protection. Any comments or threats of intimidation from any source do not represent the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

Buhari reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government “to the conduct of free and fair elections in a safe and peaceful atmosphere”, adding that “just yesterday, I signed the Peace Accord alongside 72 other presidential candidates.”

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