SING Foundation received with great excitement the news of the potential sanctions , by the governments of the United States of America and the United Kingdom, on individuals found culpable in election related violence and rigging in the upcoming election season. This prospective ban is a step in the right direction, and one other partners of Nigeria should take in ensuring electoral integrity in our nation.
We thank these countries for their responsiveness and promptness, in keeping to their promises to the SING Foundation to investigate the allegations we raised in our petitions to them last year. The whole world will recall that we publicly submitted petitions for action to be taken against potential election riggers in Nigeria, based on the trends we had carefully observed across the country, especially in the Niger Delta.
We urge Nigerian politicians to seen this as a challenge to promote proper electoral conduct in keeping with the laws of Nigeria and international law, as well as the dictates of our common humanity. The security agencies on their part should ensure that they keep to the rules of engagement and work assiduously to strengthen the institution of democracy on Nigeria in the interest of generations to come.
To the citizens of Nigeria this election is pivotal and we must see the seriousness of it, by ensuring that we do not take the suicidal road of allowing ourselves to be pawns in the games of the major political actors with their ill gotten wealth, so as not to reap bad governance and bequeath a weakened state to future generations. Vote buying, thuggery and violence are perpetrated by fellow citizens from amongst us and we must desist from making ourselves enablers of all that ills this potentially great nation.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!