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2015: Jonathan Assures Un Elections Will Be In Accordance With Global Best Practices

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has assured the international community

that next year's general elections in Nigeria will be conducted in

accordance with global best practices to further strengthen the country's

democratic institutions.
 
At separate meetings with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki

Moon and the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron before leaving New

York late Wednesday, President Jonathan reaffirmed his personal commitment

to making elections in Nigeria progressively better, freer and more

 
The President said that in keeping with his administration's dedication to

openness and transparency in the conduct of public affairs, international

observers will be allowed to freely monitor the 2015 elections and affirm

that the elections are as free, fair and credible as his administration

has promised.
 
He thanked Mr. Ban Ki Moon and Mr. Cameron for their continuing support

for Nigeria's effort to curb terrorism, insurgency and violent extremism

within its borders, saying that the Federal Government will welcome even

more assistance from Britain especially in the areas of intelligence

sharing, anti- terrorism training and defence logistics.

 
At a later meeting with the Director-General of the World Health

Organisation (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, President Jonathan expressed

Nigeria's appreciation of the support it received from  WHO for the

successful containment of the Ebola Virus Disease.

 
Affirming that Nigeria was now Ebola-free, President Jonathan called for

greater international support to ensure that the virus is also eradicated

in other West Africa countries that it continues to ravage.

 
“Nigeria is free of the virus now but we know that to be permanently free

from it, we must remain  vigilant and work with WHO and the international

community to eradicate it completely from our sub-region and forestall the

possibility of its re-emergence on our shores through migration,” he told

Dr. Chan.
 
President Jonathan also assured her that in spite of hindrances by

insurgents, terrorists and violent extremists, the  Federal Government

remained fully committed to eradicating polio from Nigeria in the shortest

possible time.
 
Dr. Chan and Mr. Ban Ki Moon seized the opportunity of their meeting with

President Jonathan to commend his exemplary  leadership on Nigeria's

successful effort to stop the spreading of the Ebola Virus.

 
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