The Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has warned “foreign powers” who may have been engaged by some politicians to interfere with the general elections to jettison the idea because, “they would go back in body bags.”
El-Rufai who made the statement while speaking during an NTA Live programme was reacting to the recent statements by United States, European Union and the United Kingdom who showed doubts that the coming elections may not be credible, because of the recent suspension of the Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The governor said Nigeria is an independent country adding that nobody would come to Nigeria and tell her what to do or how to run her affairs.
According to the governor, “those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags. Nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country”.”
He said,” We have got our independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible and we know the history of those countries that are trying to teach us. We know their history, we also know their own stages of development and they went through these challenges. So, please, let us work together, let us challenge one another, but don’t lecture us.”
Meanwhile, the Head of ECOWAS Observer Mission to Nigeria and former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Yakubu Mahmood in Abuja.
Johnson Sirleaf, promised to help ensure a peaceful, free and fair elections in Nigeria.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said her visit was to get more information as regards Nigeria’s coming election.
She said, “I hope to meet with political leaders, I want to be able to understand the role I have to play to make sure that I am well prepared to carry out the function.
“I am pleased that it is an ECOWAS assignment and I will be working with them (ECOWAS Commission) and they will guide me and I just expect that I will join all Nigerians to make sure that this whole process is so peaceful and successful. “That is the purpose of my mission,” she said.
The former Liberian president also said she would share in the findings of earlier missions and consult with those who had been on ground.
“I cannot make a statement till I have had an opportunity to be able to share in the findings of earlier missions, to consult with those who have been on ground. “At a later date, the ECOWAS Observer Mission will be fully engaged, will carry out its functions and speak when it is time to speak,” she said.