The United States and United Kingdom have issued out a warning to all the parties involved in the upcoming election against rigging and instigating violence.
They both threatened that there will be repercussions to any individual who sabotage the electoral process.
“We will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process. Under U.S. immigration law, certain violations may also lead to restrictions on family members,” the U.S reveals.
The two leading democratic nations stated that the election in Nigeria is vital to democracy in Africa. They pledged their commitment in ensuring that democracy is sustained in Nigeria, and as such will keep a close watch on those who act out of place.
“We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the elections.”
The U.S further declared that it is not supporting any particular candidate or political party.
“The United States government does not support any specific candidate or party in Nigeria’s upcoming elections. The United States supports the Nigerian democratic process itself. We support a genuinely free, fair, transparent, and peaceful electoral process.”
Nigeria will go to the polls to elect a new president and members of the National Assembly on February 16, 2018.