President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that: "we must conduct elections as scheduled by INEC". He said this at the commissioning of 4 new ships in the fleet of the Nigerian Navy; NNS CENTENARY, NNS OKPABANA, NNS PROSPERITY and NNS SAGBAMA.
Expressing confidence in the armed forces to "route" Boko Haram, the president commended the military for their recent successes against insurgents and reduction in theft of crude oil whilst condemning increased vandalism of gas pipelines that have affected electricity generation and supply.
This declaration by President Jonathan on holding the elections as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission comes a day after its Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega declared in the Senate that he could not guarantee that elections would hold on March 28 due to factors beyond his control.
This had created apprehension about the electoral process and what might happen if elections don't hold as scheduled.