FG welcomes US, UK’s threat to deny election riggers visas


The Federal Government has welcomed the statements from the United States and the United Kingdom urging credible and peaceful election in Nigeria and threatening punitive measures against election riggers and perpetrators of electoral violence.



In a statement issued in Ilorin on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Government was delighted that the statements came after it alerted the nation to the alleged machinations of some opposition elements who it claimed were  working to scuttle the 2019 polls through widespread violence.



The United States and the United Kingdom had on Thursday announced repercussions, including visa restrictions, for masterminds of election rigging and violence.



They threatened to restrict masterminds of violence during the forthcoming elections from visiting the US and UK.



While welcoming the positions of the two countries, Mohammed said in his statement on Friday,  “A few days ago, we alerted the nation to the plot by the opposition to orchestrate widespread violence in the country, using insurgents and criminal elements within and outside the country.



“Their plan is to scuttle the election and then push for an interim government, having realised they can’t win a free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.
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