Former Leaders Press For 'Credible' Elections In Nigeria

Three former Nigerian heads of state urged President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday to "do the right thing" and ensure that credible elections take place next year in Africa's most populous nation."I hope Mr President will concentrate on ensuring that we have a credible election in the country" in 2011, delegation leader Yakubu Gowon, head of state from 1966 to 1975, told journalists after the meeting."At the moment, everybody is concerned about looking at the future and elections are coming very soon. Let us have a free and fair election." The delegation, the first to be received by Jonathan on his first official day in office as president, also included ex-civilian presidents Shehu Shagari (1979-1983) and Ernest Shonekan (1993).Jonathan on Thursday shortly after his inauguration in Abuja renewed his pledge to carry out electoral reforms and to give the nation -- which has a history of flawed and violent elections -- a free and fair poll next year.Related article: Nigeria ruling party fa