Executive Order 6 Imperative For Fight Against Corruption – British Envoy |RN

         British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja


The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has endorsed the Executive Order 6 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that it is important for rooting out corruption in the country.

The envoy in an interview with Channels TV on Monday noted that the order would assist in the fight against graft in the country.

He said, “I’ve heard that this is an anti-corruption measure, it’s not for me to say who should or should not be on the list. But what I would say is that it’s very important in continuing this fight against corruption and rooting out corruption where it is happening”.

Arkwright, however, refrained from commenting on the travel ban on 50 Nigerians by the Federal Government.

He stressed the need for peaceful and credible elections in 2019, adding that free, fair and credible election was important for political stability in the country.

The high commissioner said that meeting with political candidates was necessary to discuss expectations for the 2019 polls.  (Punch)

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Ekiti Guber: British High Commissioner Says Process Peaceful So Far |RN


British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright

Oluseye Ojo, Isan-Ekiti
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, has said the conduct of the governorship election in Ekiti State has been peaceful so far.

In an interview with journalists at Ogilolo in Isan-Ekiti, he also said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was well prepared for the exercise, adding that the security agencies also composed themselves very well.

Arkwright, who is a member of the international observers, monitoring the election stated: “We have been to about five units so far. From the polling units that I have visited, they were peaceful. The system seems to be working. They opened on time from what I have seen.

“As observers, we are taking note and we will report back to INEC at the end of the day, giving our reports. We are neutral international observers, watching the process of trying to ensure that the exercise is free, fair, credible and indeed peaceful. So, let us see how it goes. We are very pleased to be able to be here.”

Arkwright also described the ongoing election as a precursor to the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, saying: “This election is an important milestone on the road to 2019. In Ekiti itself, it is important for the process to be free, fair, credible and indeed peaceful. We have looked around, and the most important thing is that people were able to express their own opinions to vote freely as they wished to vote, and not to be intimidated or induced in any way, to vote according to their conscience for what they think is best for them, for their families and for their communities.

“The International Bureau for the British Government is not supporting one candidate, we are not supporting one party. But we are supporting the process.”

Fielding questions on his assessment of INEC’s preparation for the poll, Arkwright said: “From what I saw, INEC prepared very well for the election. I spoke to the INEC Chairman in Abuja 10 days ago and he said the commission was well prepared. I spoke to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) yesterday, and as far as I can see, the sensitive materials were sent to the polling units in time. From what I can see, things seem to be working well.

“We are not just staying in one particular area, there are British International Observers in every part of the state. When we combine together this evening, we will be comparing notes.”

Arkwright also assessed the conduct of security agencies in the places he had visited so far, saying: “From what I can see, the security agencies are doing their job. I can see the police standing by to ensure peace. In my experience and with what I have seen, this is a snapshot of the election. I will get the whole picture when I am back to the state capital and compare notes with my colleagues.”       (The Sun)

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MASSOB Berates British High Commissioner Over Restoration Of Biafra

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) under the leadership of Comrade Uchenna Madu has berated the British High commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright, for allegedly kicking against the restoration of Biafra. 

The group’s reaction followed Arkwright’s statement, saying the British government would not support secession or breakup of Nigeria. Madu, in a release, said MASSOB was surprised that a learned man like Arkwright could make such a provocative utterance. 

“Though MASSOB understands that Mr. Paul Arkwright is working for the interest of Hausa Fulani through the Nigerian government. Mr Arkwright who knows that Biafra agitators have right for freedom of speech should also know that self-determination is guaranteed in the United Nations Charter on Human and Peoples Right to which Nigeria is signatory”. “MASSOB is doubting the credibility of the British High Commissioner in Nigeria. The world knows that Scotland is agitating for full sovereignty from United Kingdom but none of the Scottish agitators was arrested or killed by British government. Instead, they conducted a referendum to determine the wish of the people of Scotland.”

“MASSOB wishes to warn Nigerian government of the consequence of spending millions of pounds on British diplomatic lobbies in order to frustrate the emergence of Biafra. Nobody can stop Biafra because God, history and humanity are on our side, Biafra revolution is indestructible.”

“The Hausa/Fulani led Federal Government of Nigeria cannot stop us. Even Biafra betrayers working for our oppressors in Abuja  cannot stop us because we are optimistic that Biafra referendum will come in 2018. MASSOB is advising Southern Nigeria politicians mostly the Igbo that there will no election in 2019,” Madu stated.  (The Sun)

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