BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
In just few days to the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has threatened that foreigners planning to intervene in the country’s election issues will “leave Nigeria in body bags.”
Following the controversial suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari, the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union warned that the decision by Buhari could affect the credibility of general elections.
However, Nigerian government which has been fighting Boko Haram insurgency close to a decade without bringing it to an end, accused foreign powers of interference in its internal affairs and threatened to use military against them if need arise.
El-Rufai who spoke during the live interview on NTA on Tuesday added, “Nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country. We have got our independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible and we know the history of those countries that are trying to teach us.
“We know their history, we also know their own stages of development and they went through these challenges. So, please, let us work together, let us challenge one another, but don’t lecture us.”
Nigeria as a country had played several roles in peace keeping and enthronement of democracy globally particularly in Africa.”
In 2017, Buhari raised military to intervene and remove Yayah Jammeh from office after it seemed the former Gambian leader was plotting to perpetuate himself in power despite losing elections. That decision for military intervention was based on resolutions by ECOWAS and the United Nations.