President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday read riot act to those planning to disrupt and snatch ballot boxes during the forthcoming elections.
Speaking at an emergency meeting of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, Buhari warned any one caught tampering with electoral arrangements will do so “at the expense of his own life”.
He said he had garnered enough support having campaign in the 36 states of the federation, hence did not need anybody to rig election on his behalf.
“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb, it may be the last unlawful action you will take,” Buhari said.
“I rarely give the military and the police [the power] to be ruthless. We are not going be blamed but we won’t rig election. I want Nigerians to be respected; let them vote whoever they want across the parties. I’m not afraid of it.
“The whole 36 states in Nigeria, I went round. I think I have got enough support across the country to look after me. So I’m going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”
He asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to take voters for granted and advised security agencies to respect the rights of voters during the electoral process.