President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Abuja, insisted that his administration deserved a second term.
He said this at the Interfaith Conference on Religious Harmony in Nigeria, organized by the Interfaith Initiative for Peace.
Buhari told all in attendance that his administration had put an end to the era of free money, corruption and lack of transparency.
“I am proud to say that our country has moved on; the era of free money, lack of transparency and accountability is over.
“We deserve continuity, we deserve a better future for the coming generations.
“I sincerely hope that 2019 will move us closer to these goals and so I look forward to a peaceful, fair and credible election come 2019,” the President said.
He urged religious leaders and traditional rulers to encourage their adherents and subjects to read every political party’s manifesto carefully and vote wisely in the 2019 general elections. He also advised them to shun partisan politics.
“Religious leaders should not be seen to involve themselves in partisan politics or political controversies, otherwise they risk losing their status and public respect.
“On their part, the traditional rulers are also requested to enlighten their subjects, encourage them to ask questions and clarifications before going out to vote.
“As you are present, I will request that you encourage your subjects to come out and exercise their voting rights as responsible citizens,'' he said.
In his address, Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, stated that religious harmony is crucial to fostering peaceful coexistence.
Also speaking at the event, John Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, expressed the belief that the original sin holding the country down is selfishness.
According to him, selfishness has become the primary objective and moving principle in the lives of Nigerians.
He said the country needs a concept of politics that is based on the readiness of politicians to serve Nigerians.
He, therefore, urged all those interested in making money to go into competitive business, where hard work and competence determined success.
He further urged Nigerians not to allow people to continue to take advantage of their political positions to steal the country’s wealth.