The United States’ decision to impose visa restrictions on those undermining Nigeria’s democracy has been hailed as “right and justified” by the country’s minister of information and communication, Lai Mohammed.
The minister made this statement on Monday at the National Press Centre in Abuja during the 20th meeting of the Presidential Scorecard series.
Before the introduction of Muhammed Bello as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed addressed the audience and claimed that no other administration had demonstrated such fidelity to the democratic process as that of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
He reaffirmed that despite rumors of a potential postponement, the regime will proceed with the scheduled general elections.
“Let me be clear: whatever action is taken against anyone who undermines this democracy—which has been nourished by the blood of numerous of our patriots—is right and justified, the president declared.
No administration since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 has demonstrated greater fidelity to the democratic process than ours, and no president since 1999 has been as unambiguous as President Muhammadu Buhari, in word and in deed, regarding leaving office after the constitutionally required two terms.
“President Buhari has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to holding free, fair, and credible elections, handing over power to a replacement chosen by Nigerians, and relocating to Daura after the handover date of May 29, 2023.
The Electoral Bill 2022, which Nigerians have hailed as a reason to have confidence in the electoral process, was also signed into law by the President, who also provided INEC with unheard-of support.