The British High Commission in Nigeria has warned against any attempt by anyone to incite violence during the governorship and state houses of assembly elections in the country. It said that anyone caught doing so could be denied access into the United Kingdom.
“We were concerned by reports of high levels of violence in some states across Nigeria during the recent Presidential elections, including reports of violent clashes involving the military in Rivers State.
“We remind all actors that anyone involved in violence or inciting violence, including on social media, could face restrictions on their ability to travel to the UK.
“The UK will again field observer teams across Nigeria on 9 March as part of our efforts to support Nigerian democracy.
“We condemn all acts of violence and call for those responsible to be brought to justice. We call on all actors, including political parties and security personnel, to work together to provide a peaceful environment for Nigerians to vote on 9 March,” the High Commission stated.
While commending the efforts of ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the British High Commission also encouraged Nigerians to come out and vote in the coming elections on the 9th of March.
It stated: “We commend INEC staff and the National Youth Service Corps, who play a critical role in the delivery of elections, often in difficult circumstances. We hope that they will be given every support and protection necessary to ensure the smooth and peaceful delivery of elections free from fear of intimidation or interference in the electoral process.”