Voters not protected

The campaigns and utterances of our politicians suggest that the polling booths are death zones for Nigerians. Every right-thinking person must be conscious of his life and security before going to vote. The fitness of our military and other security agencies will be the sole determinant of my voting. Our leaders must be careful in their choice of words to avoid a low-turnout on the election days otherwise the essence of democracy will be lost.

— Godwin Udoezi

I’m yet to get my PVC

I will like to vote, but I am yet to collect my Permanent Voter Card at Ojota area of Lagos State. The PVC should be made available to everybody so we can easily vote for the candidate of our choice.

— Dikachi Oji-Nwokoma

I cannot vote

Though I was born and I also live in Nigeria, I will not vote because I don’t consider myself a citizen of this country. I am a Togolese. I don’t think someone like me would be allowed to vote.

— Christophe Ametonou

Status quo must change

I will vote because I have to exercise my right. It is a privilege for me to effect the kind of change we want. I am tired of the way things are and I think many other Nigerians are as well, especially when one considers the level of impunity and the situation of the economy. When push comes to shove, it boils down to the man on the street and how he is able to cope. The Chibok girls are most important at this time. As a mother, I can imagine the kind of pains the parents of those girls are going through. The President has done little or nothing to rescue them and the time has come for a change in government.

— Adeolu Kuku

It’s my right to vote

I believe every Nigerian who is 18 years or above has the right to vote. It is my civic right to vote. I will vote to elect a leader who will take charge of my country.

— Dirichi Ihediwa

It’s my duty to vote

I will definitely vote because it is what I am supposed to do as a Nigerian. Also, I have decided to vote because it is one of the benefits of being a Nigerian. I don’t have a specific candidate to vote for; it is whoever God wants to be there I will vote for.

— Mayowa Oluwagbemiga

I will stay indoors

The last time I voted was during the 1993 elections. After then, I have not voted in any election in Nigeria. In the last election, I registered in Kauna, Kaduna North, not far from the Nigeria Defence Academy, where I was enrolled. On the day of election, while on the queue, the security operatives singled my friends and I out. They prodded to know who we wanted to vote for, threatening us to vote only for the Congress for Progressive Change candidate or leave immediately. In fact, a female member of the National Youth Service Corps, who was part of the ad hoc staff, was severely beaten for complaining that there were underage children on the queue. Also, during the registration process in Lagos, I was almost prevented from registering by an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission. I would rather stay at home to avoid any brush with security operatives.

— Alex Yikarebogha

I’ll vote

I will cast my vote because it is my civic responsibility and my power to determine the future of my country.

— Segun Banjo

A waste of time

It is a ‘no’ for me because we can easily predict who the winner will be. Why waste my precious time under the sun for hours? I know it is my right to vote, but I can’t this time.

— Esther Ogunleye

I have no PVC

I want to vote but it may not be possible because I am yet to collect my Permanent Voter Card. I wasted hours trying to get it at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission located in Kosofe Local Government Area secretariat, Lagos. I was poorly treated by the commission’s officials there. I am tired.

— Tony Kadiri

I’ll vote for change

Yes, I will vote for change in the country. I am tired of the status quo. There has to be more than this.

— Kunle Osanyin

Nigeria needs my vote

I will vote. I want to be part of the change we need in Nigeria and not just a social commentator.

— Miracle Nwabueze

My vote is my power

I will cast my vote because even though many Nigerians do not believe in change, I still believe my little action is a significant step towards a better and improved nation.

— Chukwuma Nwosu

I’m not eligible to vote

I am a Ghanaian by birth and a Nigerian by naturalisation. Having lived in Nigeria for about 40 years, I voted during the times of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe. But now, it has been said that if you are not a Nigerian, you cannot vote. I have no Permanent Voter Card or other relevant documentation, because I have not been issued a Certificate of Naturalisation.

— Adjei Klu

No PVC to vote

No, I won’t vote because I don’t have the Permanent Voter Card. The distance between where I currently live and the place where I registered during the last elections is quite long, so I couldn’t go back there to pick the PVC.

— Richard Eholo

My PVC not issued

I cannot vote because I don’t have a Permanent Voter Card. I relocated from the area where I registered during the last elections. Recently, I went back to the centre to re-register, but I was told that the computer was corrupted.

—Joy Patrick

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