Ban Ki-Moon Task Nigeria on Credible Elections

By Chuks Okocha in Abuja

As part of the United Nations (UN) consultations towards a peaceful general elections, the Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday called on political leaders in the country to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enhance free, fair and credible elections in the country.

Ban Ki-Moon, who spoke through the Under Secretary of United Nations Political Department, Jeffrey Feltman, stressed the importance of Nigeria in the UN and the forthcoming general election as reason for the visit to the country.

"The secretary General of United Nations, his Excellency, Ban ki- Moon asked me to come to Nigeria to join his special representatives to West Africa, Ibn Chambas to talk with Nigerians over the country's important role in United and Nigeria's forthcoming elections.

"We want to determine challenges Nigeria is having along with support from its neighbours to contain the terrorists, Boko Haram.

"I have had a series of meeting with political leaders, government leaders, civil society leaders and security officials. I have been very reassuring with what I have heard about the commitments of Nigerians to transparent, free, fair, credible democratic elections commitment to the March 28 elections" he said.

He continued, "I have noted on behalf of the UN Secretary General the commitment of Nigeria political leaders in the January Arusha Peace Accord
Feltman added that the visit afforded him the opportunity to compare note with the national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu'azu.

In his response, Mu'azu said the delegation of Ban Ki-Moon had a fruitful discussion with the party; noting that the delegation discussed with various stakeholders of the Nigeria political groups and government officials to find out "our level of preparedness for the March 28 election; for me I have given him the assurances of my party, and of our government to partake in the election."


Source: This Day Newspaper