President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians and the international community that the 2015 general elections would be peaceful and transparent despite the security challenges in some parts of the country.
According to him, the peaceful nature of the election would take the world by surprise.
President Jonathan spoke on Thursday evening when members of the Diplomatic Corps, some senators, ministers and former government officials joined him for the traditional breaking of Ramadan fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said, “I know that one thing that is dear to your hearts is what the elections in this country will look like next year.
“But let me use this unique opportunity to reassure you and I am conveying this to my brothers, your heads of government, that our elections next year will be free and fair. It will be peaceful in nature that will even surprise the whole world”.
Jonathan said with ugly incidents globally, there was need for constant prayers for divine intervention.
He also regretted that some members of the society – in reference to Boko Haram insurgents – had chosen to walk the wrong path and were being used by evil forces to wreak havoc.
He said, “Let us take the opportunity of this season to ask Allah to forgive them and guide them back to the path of righteousness and holiness.
“I request Your Excellencies and all Muslims and Christians that, as you pray this period, especially during the Night of Majesty, we pray for peace and security to reign throughout the world.
“Let us also pray for Allah to guide our leaders and grant them good health and wisdom to work for the progress of their respective countries”.