Party supporters dance carries a banner with picture of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thurs ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu
Wali, has assure d United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon the
country will hold credible polls next month.
According to a statement from the UN leader¹s office, the
assurances followed the meeting between the two men at the ongoing 24th
Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and
Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The pair discussed the upcoming general elections in Nigeria
in February 2015.
The Secretary-General welcomed the Minister¹s statement that
the government is committed to peaceful, fair and credible
elections, read a statement from Ki-moon¹s office, made available to this
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There are major doubts the country will hold credible polls
on February 14 and 28 following the contentious distribution of
permanent voters card by the Independent National Electoral Commission,
interparty violence and the Boko Haram terror that has displaced more
than a million people, including prospective voters from their
Ki-moon¹s office meanwhile said he expressed grave concern
over the ongoing violence perpetrated by Boko Haram and its effects
on the region as a whole.
They discussed UN support in alleviating the suffering of
civilians, protecting human rights and promoting development.²
They also raised the issue of climate change.