Olaleye Idowu

The Government of the federal republic of Nigeria has admonished the United States and the United Kingdom to allow their laws to take its cause as alternative to its decision to hand down visa restriction on violent politicians  essentially on governorship election taking place (Today) and the coming Ondo state gubernatorial due for October 10, 2020.

The government also shows concern over visa restriction imposed by the united state on unnamed politicians for their perceived role in electoral violence during the kogi and Bayelsa state governorship polls

Both the US and UK had vowed to impose sanctions on anyone who perpetrated violence during the Edo and Ondo elections, including imposing visa restrictions and blocking them from accessing their assets and prosecuting them under international law.

Reacting to the submission coming from United States and its allies from the United Kingdom, the ministry of foreign Affairs in a statement said it should instead allow its laws to take its cause in alterative to its decision regarding  edo and Ondo elections

The government explained that the President Mohammadu Buhari has continually urged all parties and contestants to peacefully conduct themselves before, during and after the elections.

A statement signed by the ministry’s spokesman, Ferdinand Nwoye and that which was sighted by urban Express News Online said President Buhari also supported patriotic non- government initiatives such as the Abdulsalam Abubakar peace Committee

Furthermore, it explained that there were ample provisions in the nation’s laws to sanction violators and perpetrators of electoral violence and fraud.

However, it admonished the UK and US to cooperate with relevant agencies by providing them with concrete evidence of observed misconduct “to allow our laws and regulations to take their course”.

The statement added, “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.”

The FG further highlighted 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 logistics, financial and security support to the electoral process.

“While we appreciate the support and encouragement of our international partners such as the European Union, we urge our equally valued partners such as the UK and US to cooperate with our relevant agencies by providing them with whatever concrete evidence of observed misconduct to allow our laws and regulations to take their course,” the government stated.

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