Rivers re-run: Foreign Missions express worries over possible violence

Rivers re-run: Foreign Missions express worries over possible violence

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The Heads of Mission of the EU, US, UK and France called on the leadership of all the political parties and their supporters to allow for peaceful elections.

In a joint statement yesterday the Foreign Missions urged party leaders and their supporters not to use or incite violence.

Paul T. Arkwright, British High Commissioner to Nigeria; W. Stuart Symington, the United States (US) Ambassador to Nigeria; Denys Guaer, the French Ambassador to Nigeria and Michel Arrion, the EU Head of Delegation to Nigeria, all signed the statement.

The envoys stressed that the leaders of all the parties are accountable for the actions of their members.

They also encouraged INEC and the security forces to perform their duties responsibly and impartially.

They also urged all parties to respect the electoral process and raise any grievances peacefully and through official channels.

The statement reads: “We note with concern the rising tension in Rivers State ahead of elections on 10 December.

“We call on the leadership of all political parties and their supporters in Rivers state to allow elections to go ahead peacefully.

“We encourage INEC and the security forces to perform their duties responsibly and impartially. We urge all parties to respect the electoral process and raise any grievances peacefully and through official channels.

“We stress that the leaders of all parties are accountable for the actions of their members and we encourage them to urge their supporters not to use or incite violence.

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