The harshtag #SnatchandDie is currently trending on Twitter as Nigerians react to President Muhammadu Buhari’s dire warning for those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the re-scheduled nationwide election on February 23.
President Buhari had, during the APC caucus meeting on Monday, warned those who are planning to disrupt the upcoming elections, that they would do so at the risk of their own lives.
The president said he had directed the Military and the Police to be ruthless with vote riggers.
“Anyone who tries to lead thugs to snatch ballot boxes will do so at the expense of his own life,”
“I do not expect anybody to make any disturbance. I have briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military to identify hot spots, flash points and they should be prepared to move.
“And anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb it (election), maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take.
“I have directed the Police and the military to be ruthless.
“We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections. I want Nigerians to be respected.
“Let them vote whoever they want across the parties. I’m not afraid.
“As you said, I have gone round all the 36 states and Abuja. I think I have gotten enough support across the country.
“I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he would do it at the expense of his own life.”
While those who support the president believe his statement indicates a zero-tolerance for rigging and shows his level of seriousness in ensuring a free election, those who oppose him say his statement is an open invitation for indiscriminate assault on civilians by the armed forces.
Below are some of the comments on Twitter: