Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, has called for peaceful, inclusive and credible elections in Nigeria.
The UN Secretary-General has made the call in a report to the Security Council on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).
He said: “However, the pre-and post-electoral periods have often been characterised by antagonistic contestations and disputes.
“I call upon authorities and national stakeholders to work together to ensure a level playing field and to create an environment conducive to the holding of peaceful, inclusive and credible elections in 2019 in Benin, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal.
“In Nigeria, tensions have been rising ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections of Feb. 16, and of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections of March 2.
“In his capacity as my High-level Representative for Nigeria, my Special Representative continued consultations with key national stakeholders to promote an environment conducive to peaceful general elections in 2019.
“My Special Representative initiated and participated in a joint pre-electoral mission to Nigeria with ECOWAS and the African Union from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31.
“During the mission, he consulted with the President, the Office of the Inspector-General, senior military officials, civil society organisations and other key actors and institutions.”