The Nigeria Presidency said on Wednesday night that Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State spoke in defence of national interest when he warned the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union against interfering with the internal affairs of Nigeria.
Referring specifically to the February 16 polls, the Presidency said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would guarantee free, fair elections and would not let the international community down.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the Presidency said El-Rufa’i, having made a clarification on the comments he earlier made on the role of other countries and bodies in elections, there was no need dragging the issue further.
“We have taken note of the clarification to a reported earlier statement by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufa’i, concerning opposition call for foreign interference in our domestic affairs and to say that latest statements by him should rest the issue for good.
“There is nothing more to sneeze at. The governor spoke strongly in defence of of national interest. It is clear that El-Rufa’i, our party the All Progressives Congress , and all its candidates have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections.
“They are all of the view that there is no place for violence against local people or foreign citizens in our midst”, the Presidency stated.
On free and fair polls, it added, “The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari will cooperate with election observers and will not let the international community down in the conduct of the coming elections.
“The Presidency assures Nigerians and the international community that the President will do everything within his power to ensure free, fair and credible elections in the country.”
However, it hit at the Peoples Democratic Party, saying that it “ought to owned up to the mistakes of their own policies for 16 years, which have led the country to a sorry pass that has cost lives, jobs and growth instead of dwelling on diversionary issues.”
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