Nigeria Cautions Diplomats Against Intrusion In Internal Affairs

Following statements credited to John Kerry, the U.S Secretary of States and the European Union on the postponement of the general elections in Nigeria, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, February 11, warned all foreign missions in the country to desist from interfering in its internal affairs, particularly the electoral process.

The government gave the warning at a meeting attended by over a hundred heads of missions in Nigeria.

The Minister of foreign affairs, Ambassador, Aminu Wali, said that information reaching the Nigerian government, suggests that some foreign missions want to interfere in the electoral process and that it will not tolerate such actions.

“No country, no matter how well intentioned, can love Nigeria more than Nigerians themselves. A situation where a head of mission takes on the role of a government seeking to impose the views and perspectives of its government and make unguided utterances on matters that are strictly within the domestic jurisdiction of the host country is unacceptable,” Wali said.

He added that, “Let me be clear, the federal government would no longer tolerate the excesses of such heads of mission. They are hereby advised to operate within the norms and etiquette of diplomatic intercourse.”

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