Federal Government has reacted to statements released by the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, where the countries and organisation expressed serious concern.

The Federal Government said it is determined to ensure an election conducted in accordance with the rules of democracy, noting that the government led by Muhammadu Buhari will not bend the rules and will not allow interfering the affairs concerning Nigeria.

A presidential media statement issued on Saturday evening makes it known that the Nigerian Government is interested in the successful elections in the country, it forbids any meddling that promotes citizens’ distrust or undermines the transparency and satisfactoriness of the outcomes of the coming elections.

In accordance with the released statement, Nigeria reserves the right to be sheathed from suggestions or interference with respect to all of the internal affairs and promotes international laws, customs and norms that mandate and require nations and the Concord to respect this right of all.

“The Federal government has ensured the independence of all organs, institutions and arms of government to perform their functions in a manner that is transparent and is not lacking in integrity whether institutionally or by persons within such institutions or organs and will continue to do this.

Although the question of foreign interference, whether state-sponsored, promoted or otherwise has dominated recent elections and outcomes globally, the federal government assures citizens and the global community that it will fiercely and assiduously promote the will and the right of Nigerians to choose and elect their leaders without pressure or assistance from persons or entities that are not constitutionally empowered to participate in the process,” read the statement.

 

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