Press Release

GoNigeria stands in solidarity with Nigerian Voters over 2023 elections.

27 March, 2023

The GoNigeria Initiative commends and applauds millions of Nigerian voters who turnedout to exercise their civic responsibilities in the just concluded 2023 general elections. Despite difficult and challenging circumstances related to insecurity, fuel scarcity, the Naira redesign policy and arise in campaign hate speech, Nigerians showed their determination to participate in elections thereby promoting democracy and government accountability.

GoNigeria however, condemns in strong terms all acts of lawlessness perpetrated on 25 February and 18 March, 2023 designed to suppress voter turnout, disenfranchise voters through violence and intimidation and illegally influence election results through the deliberate destruction of voting materials and polling units. We are also troubled by the inflammatory rhetoric of those who sought to influence voters through hate speech.

Elections can and should be fiercely contested but fairly, within the law and accepted practice. The images and videos of violence, hateful speech and election officials in compromising positions dent Nigeria’s image in the international community and most importantly sow seeds of disaffection and disunity amongst us.

It is in that vein that GoNigeria recognizes and commends the committed and honest Nigerians across the election ecosystem who withstood pressure and intimidation in the execution of their responsibilities. To the many who went out of their way to make it easier for people to vote and to protect their votes we also acknowledge and thank you all as inspiring examples of who we are and can be.

We also commend Nigerians aged 18 to 34 who answered the call to register, collect their Permanent Voters Card and participate in the elections. You constituted the highest number of new registrations at 6.70M of 9.46M (i.e. 70.8% ) and we urge you to not despair about the election process and results but to remain steadfast and committed to pursuing a legitimate path to the Nigeria we all desire.

GoNigeria makes the following calls and recommendations:

1. That all Nigerians, regardless of provocation, shun all acts of violence and follow due process and the rule of law in their pursuit for justice.

2. That the Nigerian Judicial System, which remains the last resort for restoring confidence in the electoral process and correcting injustices, hear the calls for justice and discharge their duties without fear or favour.

3. That duty bearers, particularly state security and prosecutors, address the highlevel of hate speech threatening the peace and our social cohesion. The promoters of religious and/or ethnic based hate speech must be investigated, prosecuted and punished in line with the provisions of our laws in order to deter future promoters.

4. That allegations of malpractice and fraud by electoral officials on the national and state level be investigated and where appropriate, those found implicated prosecuted accordingly. Finally, there is much room for improvement in our elections despite the laudable introductions to improve trust and credibility with Bimodal Voters Accreditation System(BVAS) andINEC’s Result Viewing portal (IReV) and we encourage all Nigerians, in every way they can, to continue to demand the highest standards of equity and professionalism from duty bearers across all
levels of government.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Statement released by the Initial Advocates of GoNigeria. The 18 initially Advocates of the GoNigeria Movement are drawn from all the 6 geopolitical zones (3 from each zone). They are: Atedo Peterside (Convener), ‘Yemi Adamolekun, Tomiwa Aladekomo, Osita Chidoka, Dike Chukwumerije, Folarin Falana (Falz), Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Hamzat Lawal, Nuruddeen Lemu, Ayisha Osori, Arunma Oteh, Muhammad Ali Pate, Dr. Tony Rapu, HH Muhammad Sanusi II, Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, Ibrahim Dahiru Waziri and Aisha Yesufu.