Visa ban: Respect Nigeria, FG tells US, UK
Nigeria’s Federal Government is unhappy with statements issued by the United States and the United Kingdom on the governorship elections holding in Edo State on Saturday (tomorrow) and Ondo State on October 10.
The Federal Government is expressing its dissatisfaction over the visa restrictions slammed by the US on some politicians based on allegations of their involvement in electoral violence during the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship polls.
Recall that earlier this week the US and the UK had promised to impose sanctions on anyone who perpetrates violence during the Edo and Ondo elections. The promise would include imposing visa restrictions and blocking such politicians from accessing their assets and prosecuting them under international law.
I a swift reaction to the resolution of the U.K and U.S on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement stated that it had taken note of their concerns regarding the elections in Edo and Ondo.
The government explained that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has continually urged all parties and contestants to peacefully conduct themselves before, during, and after the elections.
The Federal Government’s statement which was signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, added that Buhari encourages patriotic non-governmental initiatives such as the Abdusalami Abubakar Peace Committee to continue to mediate to ensure peaceful political environment in the country.
The Government emphasized that the laws governing elections in Nigeria were sufficient to address any infringements that arise in the process of any elections while asking the U.S and U.K to also come froward with evidence regarding those they have accused of perpetrating violence during elections.