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Beyond Brexit – Nigeria Wants A New Trade Deal With Britain by naijapikin04(m): 6:28am On Jan 15, 2019
https://nextedition.com.ng/2019/01/15/beyond-brexit-nigeria-wants-new-trade-deal-britain/

In August this last year, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Nigeria. She spoke about increasing investment opportunities, a new trade deal and economic partnership, tackling human trafficking, and assistance to bolster the rule of law and the fight against organized crime.

All of this is extremely welcome, and indeed necessary. Unfortunately for Mrs May, the government that she met with led by President Muhammad Buhari ­cannot deliver any of this. For Nigeria to move forward, a change is required. In the four years of President Buhari’s Administration, Nigeria has regressed by almost every domestic and international metric.

We have fallen in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report; we have fallen in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index; we have fallen in the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index.

And Nigeria suffered the indignity of being named officially the poorest country in the world: We now have more people in extreme poverty than any other country in the world. In the past four years, India and others have sprinted ahead in the race to reduce poverty. Nigerians are being left behind.

The forthcoming elections in February offer the opportunity for a change.

President Buhari has promised the international community that the elections would be free and fair, but there is little confidence amongst Nigerians that he will stick to this promise.

What is needed is pressure from the international community to ensure that Nigerians have the right to determine their own futures, and to do so free from harassment, vote-suppression or outright fraud. As a major funder of democracy initiatives around the world, the U.K. has a real stake in this process.

Backsliding on democracy and freedoms has been a sad theme globally in recent years­ this cannot be allowed to happen in Africa’s largest democracy.

The Federal Government, the Nigerian Election Commission (INEC), and local and State officials must understand that the international community is watching and will not accept anything less than a fully free and fair election.

This must include an end to the government¹s ongoing use of state apparatus to hassle and harass opposition candidates and supporters.

President Buhari’s track record proves that he cannot be trusted to safeguard democracy if left to his own devices: he must be pushed by the international community to do the right thing.

President Buhari’s regime is tired, and a truly democratic change is needed.

That means re-establishing the rule of law, the respect for the courts, and a crackdown on corruption.

A real anti-corruption process is required so that Nigerians, and foreign investors, can have confidence in our domestic laws, not show trials perpetrated as ‘crackdowns’ on corruption, where corrupt cronies were allowed to flourish.

Re: Beyond Brexit – Nigeria Wants A New Trade Deal With Britain by tempest69: 6:35am On Jan 15, 2019
hahahaha OP wanted a new Looting deal to be headed by a looting criminal..
Re: Beyond Brexit – Nigeria Wants A New Trade Deal With Britain by tempest69: 6:41am On Jan 15, 2019
This is true democracy as defined by Atiku and his Goons..

OP, spare us your epistle..

Re: Beyond Brexit – Nigeria Wants A New Trade Deal With Britain by Kellibae(f): 6:53am On Jan 15, 2019
tempest69:
This is true democracy as defined by Atiku and his Goons..
OP, spare us your epistle..

U people really get time oh
Do u think posting random comics will stop people from voting their choices?
I'm not sure about that!
Make Una get busy with something more meaningful Abeg

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