REACTIONS have continued to trail the controversial Executive Order 6 recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari to place some categories of public office holders in Nigeria on a travel ban, with United Kingdom saying that it is timely in the fight against corruption.
Making his country’s stand on the issue known in an interview, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, endorsed the order, stressing its importance in rooting out corruption in Nigeria.
“I’ve heard that this is an anti-corruption measure, it’s not for me to say who should or should not be on the list. But what I would say is that it’s very important in continuing this fight against corruption and rooting out corruption where it is happening,” Arkwright said.
However, the diplomat refrained from commenting on 50 Nigerians affected by the travel ban.
Similarly, United States has said that it has no preferred candidate in the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria in 2019.
According to a political officer in Nigerian embassy in United States, Phillip Franz, while speaking during a visit to Katsina State Government House yesterday in Katsina, United States was only interested in a process that would ensure credible elections.
“We want to emphasise that United States has no candidate in this election; our candidate is the process; we very much respect the sovereignty of the country,” Franz said.
He, therefore, assured the support of the USA to Nigeria in conducting free, fair and transparent elections in 2019.
“We will support peaceful electoral process and we stand to provide whatever assistance in order to see free fair, transparent and credible election in Nigeria in 2019,” he continued.