- The sanctioning of electoral offenders by US has angered Nigeria's presidency
- According to the Nigerian government, the act itself is disrespectful to Nigeria's sovereignty
- Meanwhile, FG says it is committed to ensuring free and fair election in Nigeria
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The decision of the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to impose visa sanctions on electoral offenders in Nigeria has angered the government.
As a result of this, the Nigerian government says it considers it disrespectful to the sovereignty of the country for any outside country to apply punitive measures such as visas restriction on its citizens.
The federal government made this known in a statement by Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, September 18, in Abuja.
The Nigerian government said it was committed to providing all necessary logistic, financial and security support to the electoral process.
“The ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state that the Nigerian government has taken note of the concerns of some of our partners, especially the U.S. and UK governments regarding the elections in Edo and Ondo States.
“They have also expressed their intentions to take punitive measures against those who decide to, in what they termed as, undermine democracy.
“It is important to highlight that the responsibility for the conduct of elections in Nigeria solely resides with the Independent National Electoral Commission and State Independent Electoral Commissions.
“The federal government, and especially the president, is committed to providing all necessary logistic, financial and security support to the electoral process.
“The president has continually urged all parties and contestants to peacefully conduct themselves before, during and after the elections, and supported patriotic non-governmental initiatives such as the Abdusalami Abubakar-led Peace Committee.
“Furthermore, it should be noted that there are ample provisions in our laws to sanction violators and perpetrators of electoral violence and fraud.
“It would be considered disrespectful of the sovereignty of Nigeria for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of our citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction, unilaterally.
“While we appreciate the support and encouragement of our international partners such as the EU, we urge our equally valued partners such as the UK and U.S. to cooperate with our relevant agencies,” the government said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Kogi government has kicked against the recent visa ban imposed on politicians alleged to have rigged the November 2019 election in the state by the United States of America.
The US government had on Monday, September 14 slammed a visa restriction on some individuals for allegedly rigging the November 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states as well as in the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo governorship polls.
But in a letter addressed to the Ambassador of the United States of America signed by the secretary to the government of Kogi state, Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello said the US should have created room no matter how slim, for a fair hearing.
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