BEVERLY HILLS, December 15, (THEWILL) – The British Government has re-echoed its Support for a united Nigeria saying it would not support anything that could disintegrate Nigeria, including the agitation for succession being canvassed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, made this known in Thursday when he visited the management team of Jay 101.9 FM in Jos.
He revealed that Britain was seriously interested in the credibility of the electoral process that would produce credible political leaders in Nigeria in the 2019 general elections.
He said the British government would also contribute its quota in training the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for service delivery and effective discharge of their duties in the electoral process.
Arkwright said that aside from deploying its citizens as observers during the 2019 elections, his country intends to see to the improvement in the use of electronic card reader machines above what it was in the past (2015) elections and would encourage the National Assembly to back the use of the card reader with appropriate legislation.
“We are in favour of a united Nigeria; we do not support IPOB, we do not support secessionists,” he declared.
“Equally, they have a right to be heard because the constitution provides for freedom of expression, even as restructuring is going to be a major factor in the 2019 elections.
“Although I do not know how exactly the restructuring will look like, I am sure that it is going to be a major determinant in the 2019 elections.”
Speaking on security, Arkwright said the focus of UK military support for Nigeria had been in the North-East in the fight against Boko Haram, especially in training the Nigerian troops and intelligence gathering.