- The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has sent a crucial message to Nigerians ahead of the 2023 elections
- Laing gave the message on Tuesday, May 18, during a visit to Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state
- According to her, the 2023 elections is very important in the life of Nigeria as a country
Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, has urged Nigerians to allow free, fair and credible elections in 2023.
Vanguard exclusively reports that Laing, however, said the United Kingdom (UK) would deny visas to Nigerians who disrupt the 2023 elections.
Legit.ng gathered that Laing, who made this known on Tuesday, May 18, in Port Harcourt on her maiden visit to Rivers state, cautioned Governor Nyesom Wike and minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to cement their legacies on a positive note by ensuring peaceful 2023 elections in the state.
The envoy said:
“I do have some sympathy for Nigeria because if we as the UK have one of these problems your country is having today, we will be struggling. Here, you deal with everything, from insurgency to kidnapping, to piracy off the Gulf of Guinea and you don’t have such a large army and police force for a country of this size."
According to her, people are willing to report those committing crimes, working with police to identify criminals.
Speaking on the expectations for Nigeria’s 2023 elections, Laing said what happens in the elections is very crucial, not just for Nigeria, but Africa to the world, adding that Nigeria is a large democracy.
She said she would love Nigeria to produce two younger presidential candidates, both with female vice-presidential candidates.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the United States Mission in Nigeria announced that it would prioritise visa applications by Nigerian students who hope to resume academic studies in America by September 2021.
It was reported that the US mission made this known in a statement on Friday, April 30, signed by Temitayo Famutimi of the public affairs section of the US Consulate General.
Susan Tuller, the US mission country consular coordinator reportedly promised that efforts would be made to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion while keeping personnel and customers safe.
In a related report, a Nigerian immigration lawyer, Femi Aina, urged citizens of his country not to rush into re-applying for visas when they are rejected by the United States and other countries.
Aina also urged Nigerians not to be too excited over the electoral victory of Joe Biden as president of the United States just yet.
The immigration lawyer said he does not share the excitements of some Nigerians who may think Biden's administration would open the US borders to immigrants.