The Federal Government of Nigeria has urged political actors and other stakeholders in Guinea to commit themselves to transparent, free, fair and peaceful elections.
In a statement by Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, on Friday, Nigeria expressed “strong confidence” in Guineans to “act peacefully”.
It also urged the Guinean government to provide an “enabling environment” for peaceful polls.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has been observing with keen and constructive interest, recent political and social developments in the Republic of Guinea,” the statement said.
“Nigeria believes that West Africa has made significant and laudable democratic progress. Despite persistent security and political challenges, giant strides have been attained in building and strengthening the legitimacy of democratic institutions, conducting open elections, ensuring peaceful transitions and improving the rule of law in our sub-region.
“As a country, our faith in democracy as the foundation for peace, progress, development and stability in the sub-region is unshaken and we remain firm in our commitment to peaceful means of conflict resolution.
“We, therefore express strong confidence in the people of the Republic of Guinea to act peacefully and in concert, to resolve all internal challenges; and that the Government in Guinea should provide the required enabling environment.
“To this end, the Federal Government of Nigeria calls on all political actors and other stakeholders in the country to refrain from violence and commit to transparent, free, fair and peaceful elections that must be inclusive, in order to consolidate peace and stability in the Republic of Guinea.”