The Emir of Gwandu in Kebbi State, retired Major General Iliyasu Bashar, has urged Nigerians to ensure that they get their permanent voter cards before the 2023 general elections.
According to him, the voter cards have become necessary considering the economic and security crisis being faced by Nigerians.
He said the Federal Government needs the support of everyone towards the implementation of its programs and policies.
The Emir emphasized particularly the forthcoming national population census program, the introduction of new naira notes, and the 2023 general elections, saying that the citizens should support the Federal Government to succeed in these areas.
Bashar made the appeal on Saturday at the Abdullahi Fodio Palace in Birnin Kebbi at the wedding ceremony of the Governor’s son, Jabir Atiku Bagudu, and Hadiza Abdullahi.
In his response, the royal father advised Nigerians to present themselves for headcount to ascertain the strength and exact population of the country for a proper development plan of the federation.
He further advised the people to embrace the currency change by the Federal Government, saying that the policy has been designed to enhance the economic growth of the country.
In the 2023 general elections, the monarch appealed to all eligible voters to obtain their permanent voters’ cards, (PVCs) to enable them to exercise their civic rights.
He urged the citizens to imbibe the virtues of peaceful co-existence, brotherliness, piety, and security consciousness.
The Emir greeted President Muhammadu Buhari on his 80th birthday and prayed to Allah to empower him with good health, wisdom, and protection to steer the country through the general elections and hand it over successfully.