President Goodluck Jonathan has assured the international community that next year’s general election in Nigeria 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, Ban Ki-Moon and the British Prime Minister, 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 will be allowed to freely monitor the 2015 elections to determine that the elections are as free, fair and credible as his administration has promised.
He thanked Messrs Ki-Moon and Cameron for their continuing support for Nigeria’s effort to curb terrorism, insurgency and violent extremism within its borders, saying that the Federal Government would welcome even more assistance from Britain especially in the areas of intelligence sharing, anti- terrorism training and defence logistics.
At a later meeting with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), 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 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 spread of the Ebola Virus.