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“If UK Had Only One Of Nigeria’s Problems, We Would Be Struggling” — British High Commissioner says

by Nwani Chisom
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Oyogist.com has learned that the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has claimed the ideal candidates for the 2023 Nigerian presidential elections should be youths, with females accompanying the Vice Presidential seat.

Laing stated this during her visit to Rivers State, while cautioning Governor Nyesom Wike and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to ensure a peaceful 2023 elections in Rivers State.

She said;

“I do have some sympathy for Nigeria because if we as UK have one of these problems your country is having today, we will be struggling. Here, you deal with everything, from insurgency to kidnapping, to piracy off the Gulf of Guinea and you don’t have such a large army and police force for a country of this size.

“The only way you turn this thing around is that government has to build the trust of its people, to have the people working with the government to deal with criminality. That’s how successful anti-criminal operations work.

“People willingly report those committing crime, working with police to identify criminals, same with the military on the insurgency situation. It’s only when the community is on the side of the police and security services that they can turn around the situation.

“On the expectations for Nigeria’s 2023 elections, Laing said, “2023 is not alright. What happens in the elections is very crucial, not just for Nigeria, but Africa to the world. You (Nigeria) are a large democracy.

“It doesn’t have to be a perfect election. There would be problems, but we want it to be better than the last one. We want it to be secure, peaceful, the process should be run well, and you need to get people to register.

On her choice of candidates, she said, “My ideal candidates would be two younger presidential candidates, both with female vice presidential candidates,” apparently referring to the two leading political parties.

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