By Abdulwahab Abdulah
The presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, General Muhammadu Buhari(rtd), has blamed the problems associated with the voters’ registration exercise on system failure and leadership incompetence.
He, therefore, urged Nigerians not to be discouraged on the attendance problems facing the on-going exercise.
In a statement by his media adviser, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Buhari said this is the time that Nigerians should brace up and ensure they register to vote for their candidate of choice and also defend such vote in the forthcoming general elections.
Buhari said: “Rigging starts from the voters’ scroll and this is why obtaining your card becomes a weapon of victory and opportunity to vote for change.
“It is a shame that 50 years after independence we still lack the capacity to build data. There is no excuse for this. A country like India with a billion plus population holds census on a daily basis.
“You can see their population figures on television every night. They are daily registering births and deaths. This will be one of the priorities of our administration; to give the country an efficient data system that we will never have to shut our schools again to register voters.
“Once people turn 18, they will just walk up to the data centre to get captured in the pool.”
Buhari, according to his spokesman, was reacting to the hitches facing the ongoing voters’ registration exercise in his home town.
He reiterated, “My belief in the prospect of a new Nigeria remains strong and this explains why I’m still in the race after being cheated out twice. I see the moment of change around the corner and this is why I passionately appeal to all Nigerians not to mind the difficulties of the moment; They must see the pain as the price to pay for the gain ahead”.
He also called on INEC to brace up to the challenges and address the pecuniary problems facing the exercise.