- Ahead of the 2019 elections, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has urged the international community to respect Nigeria's sovereignty
- Onyeama said that Nigeria, being a sovereign nation, would not allow herself to be dictated to
- The minister added that the international community would do better if it remained impartial and did not give the impression that it had a preferred candidate in the election
Minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has urged the international community to respect the sovereignty of Nigeria and allow her solve internal challenges without interference.
Onyeama said this while addressing a cross section of the heads of diplomatic missions and international election monitoring groups in Nigeria on the conduct of the 2019 General Elections, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the gathering, organised by the ministry in conjunction with the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), aims at engaging with friends and partners of Nigeria on the conduct of the re-scheduled elections.
Onyeama stressed that Nigeria welcomed partnership and support from the international community.
He, however, said that the country, being a sovereign nation, would not allow herself to be dictated to, since it would not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.
“We welcome very much your engagement, we appreciate your support. We acknowledge how important your engagement for us in 2015 helped us to deliver probably one of the most free and credible elections we have had in this country for a very long time.
“However, we have cause to be concerned with the way the engagement has been communicated, because at the end of the day, we are a sovereign country.
“The line should not be crossed from exalting us and wanting this to succeed and really be a democratic process; to dictating to us and getting to the nitty-gritty of how we run the country.
“We have heard all kinds of conspiracy theories; that is why we deem it necessary to hold this kind of interaction with you. I had cause to meet with some of you to discuss the general narrative.
“As members of the diplomatic community and international election observers, we welcome very much, your engagement," he said.
Onyeama said that the international community would do better if it remained impartial and did not give the impression that it had a preferred candidate in the election.
This development follows a previous report by Legit.ng that the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, said any “foreign power” that tries to intervene in the forthcoming general elections would go back to their country in body bags.
The governor also said the country will never be dominated by any foreign influence.
He said: “Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags."
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