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2023 polls: U.S-based Dr. Paul urges Nigerians to cast votes with dignity, faith

By Cecilia Ologunagba

New York, Feb. 24, 2023

U.S.-based Nigerian Associate Professor, Dr Mannixs Paul, has urged Nigerians to go out enmasse and cast their votes with dignity in the Feb. 25 and March 11 elections.

Paul, who is an Associate Professor in the Campus School of Business and Technology, University of Phoenix, made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York on Friday.

While wishing Nigerians successful elections, he urged the electorate to perform their civic duty with dignity and faith and leave the outcome of the elections to God.

“For everything under heaven has a timeline beyond humans’ ability. Have faith in God.

“Just be responsible, uphold your integrity, work selflessly, build faith in the system, and always remember if you fail to do it, nobody will help you.

“Nigeria’s problems are Nigerians, and only her citizens can salvage the sinking ship at this time through election,’’ he said.

According to him, the world is watching, and always remember one cannot continue on the old paths of greed, selfishness and dishonesty to make a fundamental change in society.

Paul, who also is a recipient of the Consulate General of Nigeria New York Certificate of Honour Award 2021, called on the citizens to utilise this golden opportunity to effectively create pathways for the future generation.

“We must realise that the immense diversity of Nigeria is unique and if managed properly will always be an added value to Nigeria.

“There is a higher probability that those chiming in and posting about the upcoming elections might have no Voters’ Cards,’’ he said.

The don said others who are card holders might have no money or means of transportation to polling points, or fear of insecurity and safety challenges might stop them from getting to their communities on election day.

“Unfortunately, others have no interest or willingness to partake due to the deficiency of trust in the unremitting system.

“What a dilemma! How can we make a change with all these boundless challenges? God help us!’’ Paul, who is the Global Chairman of Chartered Examiners of Criminology and Forensic Investigation, said.

He noted that the challenges in Nigeria were common to everybody, saying, “we acknowledge that Nigeria is a multicultural and multi-religious society.

“Still, regardless of our differences, everyone is affected by insecurity and experiences high uncertainty and frustration.’’

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