Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the fact that some foreign governments are helping to fund Nigeria’s elections does not give them the right to make unguarded comments about the forthcoming elections.
The ministry said this in a statement which was also directed at the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union which have all faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The Federal Government said Nigeria was also funding the elections of some other African countries but had not used that as a basis to interfere in their elections.
The statement read in part, “It is insulting for any foreign representative to claim the right to interference in Nigeria’s internal affairs based on the premise that its government has invested heavily in the election.
“Nigeria has invested enormously, over the years, in election processes of many African countries and will continue to do so without interfering in their internal affairs. Interference in Nigeria’s internal affairs under any guise will therefore not be accepted.”