The Presidency has today responded to Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai comment warning foreigners to desist from interfering in Nigeria’s elections. He did not stop there but also stated that failure to heed would see them end up in “body bags”.
This has raised quite the outrage as a lot of people are of the opinion that El-Rufai endangered the entire country with careless comments like that. The main opposition party, PDP has also threatened to pull out of the Peace Accord
According to a new report by Vanguard, the Presidency has termed the comments of El-Rufai as being in the interest of the country. The Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu says;
We have taken note of the clarification to a reported statement made by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufa’i, concerning opposition call for foreign interference in our domestic affairs and to say that latest statements by him should rest the issue for good.
There is nothing more to sneeze at. The governor spoke strongly in defense of national interest. It is clear that El-Rufa’i, our party the All Progressives Congress, and all its candidates have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections.
They are all of the view that there is no place for violence against local people or foreign citizens in our midst. The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari will cooperate with election observers and will not let the international community down in the conduct of the coming elections.
The Presidency assures Nigerians and the international community that the President will do everything within his power to ensure free, fair and credible elections in the country.
Speaking on Channels Television‘s Sunrise Daily, however, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini condemned the statement, assuring foreigners that they have absolutely nothing to be scared of;
I am concerned by that statement but we want to assure members of the international community that our election is an election that we want to conduct because election period is a period for citizens to renew ideas, policies, and persons who have governed for a period of time.
So, here in Nigeria, we want to say that on the part of the commission, our commitment to conduct free and fair election to the satisfaction of the Nigerian people first and will also meet regional and international standards, one that we will demonstrate in this election because we have sufficient tools preparation to deal with that.