- Senator Shehu Sani said the US' imposition of visa restrictions on election riggers will help Nigeria achieve transparent electoral process
- The former lawmaker said on Twitter that the US intervention became necessary as a result of the Nigerian government's failure to implement electoral reforms
- The US government said the ban was in furtherance of its commitment to strengthening democracy in Nigeria
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Former Kaduna lawmaker, Shehu Sani, has reacted to the United States' imposition of visa restrictions on those who engaged in electoral malpractice in the last governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
Legit.ng had reported that a spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, September 14.
Ortagus said the US government had also in July 2019, announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections.
Though the US government did not reveal the identities of those who have been banned, it said the ban was in furtherance of its commitment to strengthening democracy in Nigeria.
Reacting to the development, Sani said the visa restrictions will help Nigeria in its quest for "transparent and credible elections by tackling impunity."
"Failure to implement genuine electoral reforms led us to foreign remedy," the former lawmaker tweeted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Peace Committee (NPC) led by a former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has waded into curbing further violence ahead of the Edo state governorship election.
The panel's intervention in the election is in conjunction with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was gathered that the peace committee has indicated an interest in going to Benin for the signing of the peace accord by all guber candidates.
In another report, INEC and the Nigeria Police held a meeting with stakeholders in Benin city on Monday, September 14 ahead of the Edo state governorship election.
The meeting was said to be part of the preparations towards the smooth conduct of the exercise on Saturday, September 19. INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu were in attendance.
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