Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Yahaya, on Friday, urged election observers to carry out their responsibility with the required sense of patriotism and fear of God.
Yahaya said this during his state wide address, monitored by our correspondent, ahead of the presidential and National Assembly election.
The governor advised the observers to refrain from any act capable of tarnishing the image of the country, especially the temptations being tools in the hands of partisan groups and organisations.
He said, “To civil society groups, including domestic and international election observer missions, I urge you to approach your assignment with patriotism and fear of God.
“Remember that elections will come and go, but Nigeria remains. You must resist the temptation to become willing tools at the hands of some domestic or international groups seeking to tarnish the reputation of our country.”
While assuring safety as the Chief Security Officer of the state, Yahaya commended security agencies for their contributions to the maintenance of peace.
“It is therefore my honour to lead Gombe at this crucial point in its history. I have no greater objective than to see our country (and Gombe in particular) deliver elections that are peaceful, fair and credible.
“I have strong confidence in the electoral process, and in the professionalism of our security agencies. In the past four years, we have witnessed innovative reforms by the Independent National Election Commission that are aimed at improving the efficiency and credibility of the Electoral process.
I want to thank the leadership of INEC and President Muhammadu Buhari for their courage and patriotism.
“I would like to commend our security agencies for their undying commitment and loyalty to the country. Security agencies are an important safeguard of our democracy.
Through your sacrifice and determination, you are working day and night to protect our democracy from enemies both internal and external. I would like to assure you of my unconditional support and cooperation,” Yahaya added.