Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari vowed that next year's presidential election will be "free", "safe" and "transparent" as he marked the anniversary of the country's return to democracy. "I know many of us are concerned with the rise in insecurity due to terrorist activities in parts of the country. As a government, we are working hard to contain and address these challenges and ensure that the 2023 general elections are safe," Buhari said in a televised address. "I am also promising you a free, fair and transparent electoral process," he said.
"Fellow Nigerians, your right to choose your government will be preserved and protected."
With the presidential campaign officially launched, and the main parties having nominated their candidate, the head of state issued an appeal for unity. - AFP