MAIDUGURI – The Federal Government said yesterday that it had put in place adequate security for all Nigerians before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.
Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, the Minister of State for Power said this in Maiduguri at a town hall meeting with different socio-cultural groups who were in support of the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.
This is contained in a statement issued in Maiduguri by Mr Olawale Rasheed, the Special Assistant to Wakil on Media.
It said the minister called on Nigerians living in different parts of the country to remain in their respective places and cast their votes  rather than flee to their home states.
“I call on Southerners living in the North to remain and use their votes to re-elect a President on the March 28 election,” Wakil said.
“I want to assure that the Federal Government will secure all citizens in their states of residence before, during and after the elections,” he said.
Wakil said that running away from the North would deprive many southerners of their voting power.
“This country belongs to all of us and you must stay and use your vote to elect your preferred leader.
“I urge those who have left to return and we appeal to those thinking of leaving to shelve the idea,” he said.