By Anthony Ogbonna
…Says will deploy over 100 observers to 15 states during election
The United Kingdom, UK, has, Tuesday, reiterated that it respects Nigeria’s sovereignty, and would never interfere with her internal affairs, especially as regards the elections in the country.
The UK, through the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing, also said that it would be deploying over 100 observers to cover 15 states in Nigeria during the general elections.
Ms Catriona Laing disclosed this while speaking as a guest on Nigerian Info FM in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to her, “it is our job to stand with the people of Nigeria in this democratic journey.”
“As an independent observer country, we respect Nigeria’s sovereignty; it is our job to stand with the people of Nigeria in this democratic journey.”
“The process is what matters to us. This is why we will be deploying over 100 observers covering 15 states to support observer missions from the European Union, United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria and other local observers.
“We are confident that many things have been put in place since 2015 to strengthen the process. We’ve invested heavily as a partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission and civil societies to strengthen those institutions and make the process stronger.”
This is coming on the backdrop of the continued stance by the Buhari-led government, warning foreign observer missions not to interfere with the affairs of Nigeria.