Saraki to EU: Impose Visa ban on election riggers in Nigeria

Senator Bukola Saraki

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has called on the European Union, EU, to impose visa ban on Nigerian politicians and others involved in electoral malpractices.

Saraki said the EU should follow the path which the United Kingdom had taken by imposing ban on election riggers.

The UK had on Tuesday threatened to impose visa ban, carry out asset seizure, or even prosecute under international law, Nigerians, over election-related activities in the country.

The UK said it would take action against individuals who have been identified as being responsible for violence during the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo states.

Reacting to the development, Saraki commended the UK for the move and urged the EU to follow suit.

He said the move was necessary to send the right and strong signal that those who undermined democracy in Nigeria were enemies of the rest of the democratic world.

According to him, the sanction should go beyond politicians and include electoral officers, security officials and judicial officers who undermined the nation’s democracy by their actions during and after elections.

In his words: “I join millions of Nigerians to commend the United Kingdom and other international partners for responding swiftly to protect Nigeria’s democracy with visa restrictions and asset bans for electoral saboteurs.

“I appeal to the European Union to follow suit. This is necessary to send the right and strong signal that those who undermine democracy in Nigeria are enemies of the rest of the democratic world.

“The sanctions should go beyond politicians and include electoral officers, security officials and judicial officers who undermine our democracy by their actions during and after elections.”

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  • Did the stupid man not benefit from election rigging even till at the Nigeria's Senate?

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  • Your interest is self serving as you hold British citizenship by birth. You knew for long that you have a hiding place and so misbehaved so badly as Senate President. To remind us now is in bad faith.

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  • I appreciate your lofty ideas,
    Always remember one thing, that during your era as senate president, the country was upside down, it was also in your plans then to uproot President Buhari from Aso Rock, I want you to also remember that you're not exempted,, remember this during the last presidential election you are one of the riggers, WHY? ask me !, you were there when Alhaji Atiku Abubaka paid two hundred and fifty million naira for fake server results, EU has that results all those involved will not escape EU law, OBJ and Atiku gave birth to corruption and looting in Nigeria, If Alh Atiku can pay two hundred and fifty million naira to buy fake server results and you were there you Bukola, oh! please!,
    Also remember this when you said , You said you have the entire KWARA STATE BUDGET in your pocket, if can say that you can as well Kogi State budget in your pocket also, Oh common!

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    • Well stated. Nothing more to add.

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