The Federal Government under the Buhari-led government has responded to the decision by the United States of America to slam a visa ban on some Nigerians undermining democracy.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday in Abuja at the 20th edition of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023).
Recall that the United States government announced visa restrictions on some Nigerians accused of undermining democracy, noting that this was part of the action to advance democracy and tackle corruption in Nigeria.
The minister reiterated the position of the Buhari administration to ensure free, fair and credible elections as well as a smooth handover to a successor elected by Nigerians in May 29.
“As a government, we are proud to say that no administration, since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, has shown more fidelity to the democratic process than ours.
“No President, since 1999, has been as unambiguous as President Muhammadu Buhari, in word and in deed, with regards to leaving office after the constitutionally-stipulated two terms,” he said
According to the minister, President Buhari had given unprecedented support to INEC, including signing into law the Electoral Act 2022, which was applauded by Nigerians.
He also reiterated the position of the government to conduct the general elections as planned and scheduled.
Mohammed said the scorecard series, during which ministers gave the giant strides of their ministries since 2015, was another indication of the administration’s determination to leave office on May 29, 2023.
According to him, the scorecard series was in essence, a presentation of the handover notes of the administration to those who elected them to office, as they prepare to leave in May.
“We have not been mired in any third term controversy like was witnessed under the Peoples Democratic Party.
“In fact, we are creating the template on a smooth transition of power that will guide future administrations.
“Let those who undermine our democracy be sanctioned, and let them carry their own cross.
“As a government, we have no reason to worry because our hands are clean,” he said.