Federal government of Nigeria has backed the the decision of the United States to place visa restrictions on those undermining Nigeria’s democracy.
Gatekeepers News reports that the Minister of Information and Communication, Lai Mohammed, has described the decision as “right and justified.”
Mohammed said this during the 20th session of the Presidential Scorecard series, held at the National Press Centre, Abuja on Monday.
The minister, while addressing the guests before the presentation of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, said no administration had shown fidelity to the democratic process like the administration of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
He reiterated that the administration will go ahead with the planned general elections, as opposed to reports of a possible postponement.
The minister said, “Let me be clear: whatever action is taken against anyone who undermines this democracy that has been watered by the blood of many of our patriots is right and justified.
“For us as a government, we are proud to say that no administration since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999 has shown more fidelity to the democratic process than ours, and no president since 1999 has been as unambiguous as President Muhammadu Buhari, in word and indeed, with regards to leaving office after the constitutionally stipulated two terms.
“President Buhari has left no one in doubt of his dogged determination to ensure free, fair and credible elections; handover to a successor elected by Nigerians; and then return to Daura after the May 29, 2023 handover date.
“The President has also given unprecedented support to INEC while also signing into law the Electoral Bill 2022 that Nigerians have hailed as a reason to have confidence in the electoral process.”