The European Union (EU) has said it does not interfere with a country’s electoral process and only does observation of polls.
The union made this statement on Wednesday in reaction to a comment by Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that those who intervene in the forthcoming general elections will “go back in body bags.”
El-Rufai had said this on NTA’s Tuesday Live programme anchored by Cyril Stober.
“Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags,” he said.
According to him, “We are trying to run our country as decently as possible.”
In a reaction, the EU in a statement on its Twitter handle noted: “We are aware of the comments by the Governor of Kaduna about non-interference by foreigners during a talk show on #NigeriaDecides2019 on 5/2/19.
“The EU only deploys an election observation mission when it is invited to do so by the authorities of a country.
“EU election observation missions give commentary and analysis, and make recommendations about the electoral process.”
It added that “EU election observation missions are impartial, do not interfere in the electoral process, and operate according to a strict code of conduct.
“While the security of EU observers is of paramount importance, and will remain under constant review, EU observers will continue their work across the country in the run-up to – and beyond – the 16 February elections.”
Concise News had reported that the EU, UK and the US had expressed concerns about the 2019 elections after Walter Onnoghen was suspended as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).