Federal Government Tells US, UK To Stop Disrespecting Nigeria Over New Visa Restrictions

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Following U.S. Depart of State’s caution against Nigerians who are attacking the country’s democracy, the federal government has asked the United States and United Kingdom to stop disrespecting the country and its citizens.

This was disclosed in reaction to the recent statements issued by both countries on the governorship elections holding in Edo and Ondo states on September 19 and October 10 respectively.

According Punch, Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement, expressed concern over the visa restrictions imposed by the US on unnamed politicians for alleged involvement in electoral violence during the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship polls.

The statement reads, “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 Federal Government and especially the President, are committed to providing all necessary logistic, 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 whatever concrete evidence of observed misconduct to allow our laws and regulations to take their cours.”

Recall that both US and the UK had vowed to sanction anyone undermining the country’s democracy by imposing visa restrictions and blocking them from accessing their assets and prosecuting them under international law.

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