Minister sends strong message to international community over 2019 elections
No one should underestimate Nigeria's capability as a sovereign state
After the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the general elections last week, many Nigerians have been reacting negatively to the move by INEC. There have also been reactions from the international community, who have been close observers even before the election period.
In view of this, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama put up a strong message for the diplomatic community. He told them not to cross the line between advising Nigeria on good governance and dictating to the country how to govern the polity.
He issued this warning with the diplomatic community on the rescheduled general elections, in the nation’s capital, Abuja. In addition, he also tried to clarify issues surrounding the postponement of the elections and the country’s readiness ahead of the general elections on Saturday, February 23.
This is not the first time that the administration would complain about this issue. In the run-up to the elections, the President Muhammadu Buhari government raised concerns about interference from foreign bodies.
According to Onyeama, “we are a sovereign nation and the line shouldn’t be crossed from exhorting us and wanting us to succeed and wanting this to be a really democratic process to dictating to us and really getting into the nitty-gritty of how we run the country which is exclusively the responsibility of this government.”