The United Kingdom has vowed to reject the visa applications of any Nigerian who is found guilty of electoral violence during the 2023 general elections.
The 2019 election was marred by notable electoral violence in major parts of the country, including Lagos, Sokoto, amongst others, and the UK has urged the country to ensure better elections in two year’s time.
Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, made this know during her maiden visit to Rivers State where she met Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the state capital, according to The PUNCH.
Laing gave the UK’s expectation ahead of the next election by saying: “2023 is not alright. What happens in the elections is very crucial, not just for Nigeria, but Africa to the world. You (Nigeria) are a large democracy.
“It doesn’t have to be a perfect election. There would be problems, but we want it to be better than the last one. We want it to be secure, peaceful, the process should be run well, and you need to get people to register.”
The commissioner also revealed that she would prefer that both the leading All Progressives Party (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would present young male and female presidential and vice-presidential candidates to succeed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
She said, “My ideal candidates would be two younger presidential candidates, both with female vice-presidential candidates.”
She added, “I do have some sympathy for Nigeria because if we as UK have one of these problems your country is having today, we will be struggling. Here, you deal with everything, from insurgency to kidnapping, to piracy off the Gulf of Guinea and you don’t have such a large army and police force for a country of this size.
“The only way you turn this thing around is that government has to build the trust of its people, to have the people working with the government to deal with criminality. That’s how successful anti-criminal operations work.
“People willingly report those committing crime, working with police to identify criminals, same with the military on the insurgency situation. It’s only when the community is on the side of the police and security services that they can turn around the situation.”
In the same vein, Laing charged Wike and his predecessor, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to ensure a peaceful election in the state in 2023.
“It is essential that there’s a peaceful election in Rivers State. It’s going to be a crucial part of his (Wike) legacy, how the election goes in this state. We’ve been saying the same thing to Amaechi.
“Another thing we will be doing is to remind people that if people do incite violence or act violently, we will be prepared to deny them visas to the UK. We will make that statement clear and say it over again.”
WUZUPNIGERIA reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday, February 18 for the 2023 general elections in the country.
Ryan Giggs throws ex-girlfriend out of hotel room ’naked’
In Oyedepo’s Church, graduate pastors receive N38,000 as salary — Another pastor laments
Obi Cubana: DSS cautions against public display of wealth
Why sacking Living Faith pastors was in order – Comedian Baba D Baba
Police nab fake currency syndicate in Nasarawa
Don’t get married out of gratitude, Pretty Mike urges
PHOTOS: Team Nigeria steals show at Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony
COVID-19: One in 75 persons infected in UK
Police nab UNILAG undergraduate connected to Super TV CEO’s murder
Why I stabbed Super TV CEO – Chidinma UNILAG undergraduate
Super TV CEO: Suspect’s father, service apartment owner released on bail — Lagos CP
Sound Sultan: 18 things to know about throat cancer
Court acquits ex-NBA President of N1.4bn fraud charge
Sleeping with another man’s wife attracts curse in my kingdom – Onogie of Ebelle, HRH Aikpaogie
Convene national dialogue or we move for freedom, Clark tells Buhari
VIDEO: Police parade side chic, alleged killer of Super TV CEO
VIDEO: Ladipo Market traders clash with security operatives
VIDEO: I passed through a lot in Oman, assaulted, owed wages, drugged and deported – Funmilayo Fehintola
VIDEO: Angry indigene calls out road contractor over substandard road project in Edo
VOX POP: Who will win Euro 2020 – Nigerians react
VIDEO: DSS parades 13 suspects, recovered arms from Sunday Igboho’s residence
VIDEO: Malami announces arrest of Nnamdi Kanu
VIDEO: Do slimming teas really make you lose weight?
VIDEO: Can you get COVID-19 from touching people’s clothes?
Sports15 hours ago
French president arrives in Tokyo for Olympic opening ceremony
Uncategorized9 hours ago
Protest against “green pass” over new coronavirus rule in Italy
health14 hours ago
COVID-19: Nigeria records 184 new cases, discharges 32 patients – NCDC
News12 hours ago
1.7m children living with HIV missed treatment in 2020 – Report
News13 hours ago
Revenge Porn: Former Imo Governor Ohakim’s mistress arraigned, granted bail in Abuja
Sports15 hours ago
FC Barcelona unveil new signing Depay, await Messi’s contract renewal
News6 hours ago
COVID-19: At least 10 persons from UI have died, Acting VC says
Metro8 hours ago
Police arraign unemployed man for alleged assault