Following the uproar trailing the proposed budget by President Muhammodu Buhari for 2019 general election, the founder of One Love Family, Satguru Maharaj Ji has berated those individuals and groups who are making negative comments on the forthcoming elections proposed budget.
As he also declared that the sum of 242 billion Naira as the amount being proposed by President Buhari to fund 2019 general elections was not too much in a country like Nigeria.
Maharaj Ji said that contrary to negative opinions on 2019 elections, many would be surprised that the general elections would be free, fair and successful.
He made these disclosure while addressing journalists on the state of the nation at a press conference held at Satguru Maharaj Ji village, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Friday.
It could be recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari has proposed the estimated sums of N242, 445,322,600.00 as the aggregate cost of the 2019 elections.
While speaking on the proposed budget as well the readiness of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the elections, Maharaj Ji was of the opinion that no amount of money is too big to ensure free, fair and acceptable elections in a country like Nigeria that is blessed with both many untapped natural and human resources.
Maharaj Ji declared that countries like Nigeria that is the giant of Africa should not be concern about how much it spent on elections and security.
He pointed out that Nigerians should be more concern on the results of the elections and not the money spent.
Maharaj Ji then posited that President Buhari can spend trillions of Naira on elections so far the money spent would be tailored towards what it was meant for.
He argued that 242 billion being proposed by Buhari as the aggregate was not too much for the President to spend on INEC, security agencies and other relevant stakeholders to organize free, fair and acceptable elections in a country of over 180 million people with about 73 million eligible voters.
According to Maharaj Ji, “73 million registered voters in a country of over 180 million people like Nigeria that is giant of Africa, and 242 billion naira for the general elections in 2019, if the President want to use trillion of Naira for the elections, it is not too much, if the President is using billions for elections and security it is not too much, no amount is too much.
“What we need to do, we need to ask the INEC to explain to us what they want to use the money for. We are taking about underage voting, they want to eradicate that, then the votes will count.
“N242 billion is nothing, so long as the money spent on the elections will manifest.
Maharaj Ji further charged Nigerians irrespective of their political or ethnic backgrounds to support the present administration of President Buhari and the INEC to ensure that votes count in the 2019 elections and acceptable by all and sundry.
He stressed that all Nigerians must work together as one entity noting that to keep Nigeria one I no doubt a task that must be done.
“This is what we need to do. All of us, all Nigerians, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Fulani, all of us in Nigeria need to keep Nigeria as one. To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done”.