The US Embassy has disclosed that its Consulate General office in Lagos and that of FCT Abuja will be shut down on Friday to recongnise the work free day declared by the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government
The embassy said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja
The Federal Government has declared Friday, February 22 as a work-free day to enable Nigerians to prepare for the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly Elections on Saturday, February 23.
“In recognition of this declaration and to encourage all our Nigerian employees to exercise their right to vote, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed.
“No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for that date, you will be contacted for rescheduling,” the embassy stated.
A press statement by the embassy on the elections can be obtained below
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
February 7, 2019
The United States government supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the Nigerian people. It is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission operates free from outside pressure and intimidation and in a totally objective manner. Nigerian security services must provide a safe and secure environment for the Nigerian people to exercise their rights. Those who interfere in the electoral process or incite violence must be held to account. The upcoming elections are an opportunity for Nigeria to solidify its place as a democratic leader in Africa.
The conduct of the upcoming elections in Nigeria is important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent.
The United States government does not support any specific candidate or party in Nigeria’s upcoming elections. The United States supports the Nigerian democratic process itself. We support a genuinely free, fair, transparent, and peaceful electoral process.
We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the elections. We will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process. Under U.S. immigration law, certain violations may also lead to restrictions on family members.
We welcome the signing of peace pledges by Nigerian candidates and their commitment to a peaceful electoral process.
SOURCE: US EMBASSY WEBSITE,PUNCH
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