The Federal Government has hailed the United States and the United Kingdom’s decision to punish Nigerian politicians who instigate or take part in violence and electoral malpractices.
The government also welcomed the statements issued by the US Embassy and British High Commission in Abuja, demanding a credible and peaceful election in next month’s elections and threatening to refuse visas to election offenders.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed these in a statement issued in Ilorin on Friday.
Concise News had earlier reported that the United States and the United Kingdom had on Thursday announced repercussions, including visa restrictions, for election interference and election-related violence by any politician.
The two countries threatened to restrict masterminds of violence and other electoral offences during the February 16 elections from visiting the US and UK.
In a joint statement in Abuja, the two nations said the upcoming elections was important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent, adding that they did not support any specific candidate or party in the upcoming elections.
While welcoming the positions of the two counties, Mohammed said the Federal Government was delighted that the statements came after it alerted the nation to the alleged machinations of some opposition elements who it claimed were working to scuttle the 2019 polls through widespread violence.
The minister said the government had equally alerted the nation that there were some members of the opposition that he claimed were planning to scuttle the elections.