- Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the federal government's stance that it will not tolerate foreign interference in Nigeria’s coming election
- The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) senator said the Buhari-led administration is a direct beneficiary of foreign interference
- He however noted that Nigeria's ruling elites can’t confront foreign powers sue to their entrenched economic interest and political allegiance
Senator Shehu Sani has dismissed the federal government's stance that it will not tolerate foreign interference in Nigeria’s coming election.
The government recently warned against foreign interference into the nation’s affairs, saying it is capable of creating apprehension, distrust among citizens or undermining the transparency and acceptability of outcomes of the nation’s electoral process.
This was contained in a statement issued by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, January 26.
Shehu's statement was a reaction to comments made by some foreign countries including the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (U.S.A.) and the European Union, over the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 25.
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The foreign governments had expressed reservations about the Buhari's administration action, warning that it could lead to constitutional crisis and affect the credibility of the 2019 elections.
Senator Shehu said the Buhari-led administration is a direct beneficiary of foreign interference, while chiding the government for calling the concerns raised as interference.
He however noted that Nigeria's ruling elites can’t confront foreign powers sue to their entrenched economic interest and political allegiance.
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Meanwhile, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of 400 Civil Society Organisations, has condemned the suspension of Onnoghen.
The TMG in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, January 27, and signed by its chairperson, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, says the onslaught by the presidency against the judiciary, a pillar in the democratic process, is ill advised and poorly timed.
The group said it finds it worrisome that the president is interfering in another arm of government, stressing that it portends dangers for the nation’s democracy, and specifically, the 2019 electoral process.
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