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Nigerians blast Buhari for saying ballot box snatchers will pay with their lives


Several Nigerians have taken to social media to blast President Muhammadu Buhari and express their shock and apprehension over the Nigerian leader’s comments during the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus meeting on Monday.

At the meeting which was televised live, President Buhari made it clear that anyone who tries to disrupt the electoral process, will be doing so “at the expense of his own life”.

“I will warn those who have planned to disrupt the peaceful elections to desist from their planned actions.

“I really gave the military and the Police (order) to be ruthless.

“We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections. I want Nigerians to be respected. Let them vote whoever they want across parties.

“I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.” President Buhari said.

However NigerianEye‘s investigation revealed that The Electoral Act (2010), however, does not prescribe death for any electoral offence.

The maximum sentence for snatching of ballot boxes is 24 months in prison.

Section 129 (4) of the Electoral Act states, “Any person who snatches or destroys any election material commits an offence and is liable on conviction to 24 months imprisonment.”

The Act further states that anyone who directly or indirectly engages in electoral violence shall be liable to three years in prison or a fine of N1 million.

This is perhaps the reason for the current disapproval of Mr president’s comments by Nigerians on social media.

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