The Diplomatic Missions of the United States, Australia, Japan, Norway, Canada and the United Kingdom in Nigeria welcome the signing of the second Peace Accord by the candidate parties competing in the upcoming Presidential Election and fully commit to supporting all efforts that will ensure the Nigerian people decide who wins the election.
In a joint statement the diplomatic misions says the it is vital for Nigeria’s stability and democratic consolidation that the process is conducted and concluded safely, fairly and credibly.
It encourage all actors to intervene proactively to calm any tensions and avoid any violence in the periods before, during and after the elections.
The statement call on all officials at federal and local levels in Nigeria to respect the human and democratic rights of its citizens, while strongly condemning any actions that undermine the peaceful and transparent conduct of the electoral process.
While calling on parties to respect electoral laws and institutions and take a firm stand against violence and hate speech by their supporters the diplomatic missions urges security services in Nigeria to do their utmost to protect that process and prevent and deter attacks against INEC facilities, materials and personnel.
The statement further urge all presidential candidates and political parties to live up to their commitments under the second Peace Accord to accept the results of the election as announced by INEC and to pursue any challenge of the results through the appropriate legal channels.
The Diplomatic Missions of the United States, Australia, Japan, Norway, Canada and the United Kingdom in Nigeria congratulates Nigeria on its 24 years of democratic progress since 1999, during which it has been a symbol to others of the value of exercising democratic rights for the betterment of society.
They diplomatic missions expresses the hope that this year’s elections further build Nigeria’s democratic tradition.