Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has praised Nigerians for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner following the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the general election.
The governor thanked the people during a message at a church service on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
Mr. Wike apologised to them for being unable to vote, despite their preparation and determination to participate in the polls that INEC shifted by one week.
“Let me apologise to you; for those who refused to carry out what they are supposed to do,” he said.
“I thank you that you did not take to the streets; I thank you that you are not violent because they suspended what you are supposed to do yesterday (Saturday),” the governor added.
Mr. Wike, however, described the rescheduling of the elections as a rude shock to the country.
He called on the international community to continue to put pressure on the authorities to do what is right in the interest of the nation.
Describing himself as a member of the “Nigeria Must Be Better” group, Governor Wike called on Nigerians to come out with renewed determination to participate in the polls on February 23 and March 9.
“This week you are coming in, come with all amount of energy and say, ‘truly Nigeria must be better,” the governor admonished his audience.