FG backs US visa ban on election riggers

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Communication, has described the United States' decision to impose visa restrictions on those undermining Nigeria's democracy as "right and justified."

The minister made the remarks on Monday at the 20th session of the Presidential Scorecard series, which was held at the National Press Centre in Abuja.

Mohammed, who spoke to guests prior to the presentation of Muhammed Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, said no administration had demonstrated fidelity to the democratic process like the President's regime, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

In contrast to reports of a possible postponement, he reiterated that the regime will hold the planned general elections.

"Let me be clear: any action taken against anyone who undermines this democracy that has been nourished by the blood of many of our patriots is right and justified," he said.

"For us as a government, we are proud to say that no administration since Nigeria's return to democratic rule in 1999 has shown more fidelity to the democratic process than ours, and no president since 1999 has been as unambiguous as President Muhammadu Buhari, in word and indeed, with regards to leaving office after the constitutionally stipulated two terms.

"President Buhari has left no one in doubt of his dogged determination to ensure free, fair and credible elections; handover to a successor elected by Nigerians; and then return to Daura after the May 29, 2023 handover date.

"The President has also given INEC unprecedented support while also signing into law the Electoral Bill 2022, which Nigerians have hailed as reason to have faith in the electoral process."

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