Outgoing British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Catriona Laing has stated why she thinks Nigerians ought to be proud of the 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections.
In a chat with newsmen at the Senate wing of the National Assembly on Tuesday, Laing stated that despite its setbacks, the polls also witnessed some positive developments.
While acknowledging the litigations trailing the elections, she added that it offered future assurances for democratic governance in the nation.
“I made very good friends, I love Nigerian music a lot, the culture here is so rich.
Secondly, the politics in Nigeria is so fascinating.
“I was here till the last election and I finished with this election and I’m impressed with Nigeria’s democratic journey.
“Yes a bit of a setback but overall, I see this as positive and Nigeria should be proud, but with a remarkable difference when I came in 2019.
“Nigeria is the biggest democracy in Africa; the world watches your progress to democracy.
“Though there were some disappointments in the last election but overall, every Nigerian should be proud because, since 1999, Nigeria has been on the right track as far as participatory democracy is concerned.
“The election here is very different and fascinating as you are moving to three party system or maybe even four. I think Nigerians as well should realise that their votes count”, she said.
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