Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, has assured the international community that next year’s general elections in will be conducted in accordance with global best practices to further strengthen the country’s democratic institutions.
At separate meetings with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon and the British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, before leaving New York late Wednesday, President Jonathan reaffirmed his personal commitment to making elections in Nigeria progressively better, freer and more credible.
The President said that in keeping with his administration’s dedication to openness and transparency in the conduct of public affairs, international observers would be allowed to freely monitor the 2015 elections.
“We will ensure that the elections will be as free, fair and credible as we have promised,” he said.
He thanked Mr Ban and Mr Cameron for their continued support to Nigeria in the counter-terrorism operations aimed at ending the insurgency and violent extremism in the north-east.
“The Federal Government will welcome even more assistance from Britain especially in the areas of intelligence sharing, anti- terrorism training and defence logistics,@ President Jonathan said.
At a later meeting with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan, President Jonathan expressed Nigeria’s appreciation of the support it received from WHO for the successful containment of the Ebola Virus Disease.
Affirming that Nigeria was now Ebola-free, President Jonathan called for greater international support to ensure that the virus is also eradicated in other West Africa countries that it continues to ravage.
“Nigeria is free of the virus now but we know that to be permanently free from it, we must remain vigilant and work with WHO and the international community to eradicate it completely from our sub-region and forestall the possibility of its re-emergence on our shores through migration,” he told Dr. Chan.
President Jonathan also assured her that in spite of hindrances by insurgents, terrorists and violent extremists, the Federal Government remained fully committed to eradicating polio from Nigeria in the shortest possible time.
Dr. Chan and Mr Ban Ki Moon seized the opportunity of their meeting with President Jonathan to commend his exemplary leadership on Nigeria’s successful effort to stop the spreading of the Ebola Virus.