Strong credit score will enhance higher funding for MSMEs – Expert


A financial expert, Mr Gbemi Adelekan, has advised Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to ensure a solid repayment history to enhance their credit scores and improve their access to funding.



Adelekan, also the Chief Executive Officer of KwikPay Credit, gave the advice on Saturday in Lagos in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).



KwikPay Credit is a financial services provider and licensed lender by Trafalgar Associates, approved by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).



Adelekan said that in Nigeria, accessing credit facilities was crucial for individuals and enterprises to meet various financial needs and increase circulation of disposable income and engender business sustainability.



He emphasised that a strong repayment history would enhance access to higher levels of funding that would enable expansion of small businesses into larger enterprises and increase their performances.



‘A short-term loan with a solid repayment history can significantly enhance your credit score in a short period.



‘This improvement in your creditworthiness opens up greater opportunities to secure larger loan amounts in future applications,’ he said.



Adelekan said that short and quick loans had helped many small businesses to navigate murky economic terrains, particularly those operating under the informal bracket.



‘An ice block maker, that hair dresser on the street, the welder whose machine needs to work and other artisans may be unable to go to big banks or development finance institutions to ask for small loans.



‘They may not have the requisite paperwork. Accessing small and quick loans online has saved many of these businesses from collapse.



‘Fortunately, the money lending sector is fully regulated by the FCCPC, and the rights of borrowers are very much protected,’ he said.



He said that non-repayment of loans had adverse effects.



‘Owing money for a long time and watching the interest accrue on such a facility can have a psychological effect,’ he said.





Source: News Agency of Nigeria



Fathers Day: Abuja cleric urges Christians to show love


Rev. Fr. Bernard Desben of the Missionary of St. Paul (MSP), has urged Christian faithful in Nigeria to put their love in action, just as Christ did to his church.

Desben gave the advice during his homily on Sunday at St. Luke Catholic Chaplaincy, Gwagwalada, Abuja during the celebration of Fathers Day.

According to him, one of the most important things today is the theme of love which is coming from John, Chapter 15, verse 9 – 17.

‘In the gospel of John, Jesus let his disciples to know that the greatest love one can show for his friends is to sacrifice his life for his friends.

‘So, we as Christians having been baptised in Christ and we receive new life in Christ, and as we live our Christian calling, we are trying to seal that love,’ Desben said.

The reverend said that Christians should be obedient to God’s commandments which is ‘to love one another’.

He said that love required action which should be expressed by charity.

Speaking on the importance of fathers, Desben said that fathers are pillars in
the church, adding that while the mother’s love is that of nurturing, oftentimes father’s love complements mother’s love.

‘Oftentimes the father’s love substitutes for what the mother’s love cannot give,’ he said.

Desben urged families to always appreciate their fathers while encouraging fathers to look into their grey areas and make amend.

Similarly, Most Rev. Fr. Augustus Essien (MSP), the Pioneer Priest of the Chaplaincy, while congratulating the Catholic Men Organisation (CMO) of the Chaplaincy, advised Christians to love and be in love with one another.

Essien also prayed that God would strengthen the fathers to remain the pillars of the church, and encouraged them to continue to support the church.

In his speech, Dr Ezekiel Alagboso, the President of CMO of the Chaplaincy, on behalf of the members pledged to uphold the sanctity of fatherhood and cherish the priceless gift of family as the domestic church.

Alagboso thanked God for the blessings of fatherhood and the boundless love of the heavenly F
ather.

He prayed that His divine grace would continue to guide and bless the members in their endeavours.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highlight of the occasion was the awards given to the pioneer members including the pioneer priest.

St. Luke Catholic Chaplaincy, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, was created in 1996 with the Most Rev. Fr. Augustus Essie as the pioneer priest.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

We’ll take Ijaw struggle beyond Nigeria – INC


The Ijaw National Congress (INC) says time has come to take the ‘Ijaw struggle’ beyond Nigeria.

The INC stated this position in a communique at the end of 2024 edition of the Ijaw National Day Celebration held in Yenagoa.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the communique was signed by Prof. Benjamin Okaba, President of INC.

Okaba said that the vexatious factors that provoked grievances between the late Maj. Adaka Boro and the federal government in the improper management of the oil political economy of Nigeria, had remained unmitigated.

He noted that the situation had worsened with its attendant impunity.

According to him, the Ijaw environment continues to bear the brunt of petroleum resources exploitation-related pollution without concomitant remediation or reparations of the heavily despoiled ecosystem.

‘Instead, Ijaw communities still face the adverse effects of uncontrollable spills, perennial flooding, ocean encroachment and so on.’

The INC president noted that at different forums, it ha
d been made clear that the Ijaw agenda of self-determination was premised on resource and environmental justice.

‘What all Ijaw people seek is for a fair, just and justifiable reward for our resources and sacrifices.

‘The Ijaw Congress has articulated a set of prescient conditions for its continuous commitment to the Nigerian project and these include restoration of true federalism (fiscal federalism).

‘Devolution of power and repel of all obnoxious and discriminatory environmental and resource related laws (Land Use, PIA), as well as restoration of Ijaw Territory as non-balkanised, administrative and politically generated unit(s).

‘This is for the reassurance and promotion of Ijaw developmental pursuits by creating at least two additional states, more local government areas and wards for the Ijaws.

‘Remediation of our massively polluted and endangered environment and the enforcement of adherence to international environmental best practices by IOC’s operating in Ijaw territories,’ he said.

Okaba also d
emanded for the relocation of the administrative headquarters of all oil companies and their subsidiaries to their operational bases in Ijaw territory and Niger Delta.

He further called for proper funding and management of the Interventionist Agencies such as the Presidential Amnesty Programme and Niger Delta Development Commission.

‘We call for the promotion of modular refineries owned by our people.

‘We also want a balance in appointment at the federal levels (the civil service, military and oil companies) as well as equitable distribution of critical infrastructure, to reflect the true principles of federal character.’

He said it was against this backdrop that the theme of the 2024 Ijaw National Day ‘Re-Invigorating Our Resolve to take the Ijaw struggle for Self-determination beyond Rhetoric’ was derived.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Water, Sanitation ministry urged to implement hand hygiene roadmap


The Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation (FMWRS) has been called upon to implement and disseminate the National Roadmap to Hand Hygiene for All (HH4A), spanning from 2021 to 2025.

The call was made in a press statement to commemorate World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5, signed by Ms. Ganiyat Afolayan, the Communications Officer at Mangrove and Partners Limited (MPL) on Sunday.

The statement emphasised the critical importance of handwashing, noting its capacity to prevent up to 50 per cent of avoidable infections acquired during healthcare delivery.

According to the statement, hand hygiene has a means to reduce infectious diarrhea cases by 23-40 per cent, particularly among individuals with weakened immune systems, and to decrease school absenteeism by over 50 per cent.

The organisation stressed the urgent need for innovative training and education to enhance knowledge and capacity building among health and care workers, particularly in infection prevention and control, including hand hygiene.

A
folayan highlighted the crucial role of media practitioners and WASH experts in raising awareness and sensitising the public on the importance of hand hygiene.

She noted the necessity of implementing the National Roadmap to Hand Hygiene for All (2021-2025) to address hand hygiene issues effectively in healthcare facilities and among caregivers.

‘Nigeria developed a road map to hand hygiene for all in the year 2021. However, since its launch on September 6, 2022, and one year to its endline date, the document has been unavailable to the public.

‘Its dissemination and implementation has been stalled by a lack of funding for Hygiene related activities’.

Afolayan, quoting WHO, emphasised its fundamental role in safe and effective healthcare systems and its contribution to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.8 on universal health coverage.

Regarding Nigeria’s current hand hygiene landscape, Afolayan pointed out the inadequate access to basic hygiene services, with only 17 per cent of households hav
ing such access.

She also highlighted the disparities in proper handwashing practices, with proper demonstration standing at a mere 8 per cent.

Afolayan lamented the challenges faced in implementing the hand hygiene roadmap since its launch in 2021, attributing the delay to a lack of funding for hygiene-related activities.

Despite Nigeria’s ambitious investment goal of $2.5 billion over five years to achieve hand hygiene for all by 2025, Afolayan emphasised the pivotal role of government funding in realising this vision.

Afolayan however, urged the federal government to prioritise hand hygiene initiatives and allocate adequate resources for their implementation.

She emphasised the need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to ensure a healthier and safer future for all Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Road-map to Hand Hygiene for All (2021-2025) adopts a three-phased approaches.

They are; Response, focusing on immediate COVID-19 needs; Rebuild, aimed at reconst
ructing hand hygiene systems; and Re-imagine and Sustain, establishing a long-term hygiene culture.

It identifies political leadership for budget allocation and advocacy; an enabling environment for policies and technical capacity; and increasing demand and supply for behavior change and logistics as key components.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

UK committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Nigeria -Envoy


The British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Dr Richard Montgomery, has expressed commitment to strengthening existing relationship between the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

Montgomery made the commitment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, in commemoration of his first anniversary in Nigeria.

He said the UK had stepped up its engagement with Nigeria and recorded a significant increase in areas of trade and security, in 2023.

According to the envoy, it is obvious that both countries have a very strong set of people-to – people links with a huge Nigerian heritage that works and lives in the UK, just like there is a huge British population with dual nationality in Nigeria.

He said that his first year in office was partly driven by the inauguration of President Bola Tinubu and the need for the UK to get to know the new government in Nigeria.

He added that one of the highlights of his first year was when he hosted the former foreign secretary of the UK, James Cleverly, who vi
sited President Bola Tinubu in early August 2023.

Montgomery said that Cleverly met with business leaders and partners across government, adding that after the meeting with Tinubu, both countries agreed to work in three areas.

The British Envoy listed the areas as security, trade and investment, and ‘reasonable cooperation’.

‘Both countries will need to step up their security independence, and they should strongly enhance the trade and investment between them,’ he said.

He called on African countries to unite and ensure that democracy thrives on the continent.

‘They should have a reasonable cooperation because the Nigerian President was the chairman of ECOWAS when a difficult development occurred in the region, like the coup in Niger.

‘There was a discussion on these regional issues and how the UK can support,’ he said.

He commended members of staff of the British High Commission for their professionalism and efficiency.

‘I am pleased to say that I have fantastic teams at the British High Commission.


They work on security and defense, enhanced trade and investment, and they also work on migration, visa and home affairs.

‘We have a large development cooperation programmes and technical assistance in key areas, and we need to talk about regional and global foreign policy issues with the Government of Nigeria.

‘So, my team has been working on these areas, and I think that was the second big highlight of my first year, and in February, we signed a couple of new detailed agreements.

‘In February, we had a big UK security and defence delegation, military security foreign policy, counterterrorism delegates, and they were hosted by the Nigerian National Security Adviser.

The Nigerian national security adviser convened all the leadership from Nigeria Security Defense architecture, and we held several days of tours in Abuja.

‘And at the end of that, we signed a new security and defence partnership, through which we can collaborate in areas like defense and counterterrorism.

‘Other areas are cyber security, c
ountering violent extremism, serious organised crime, policing, and also upholding human rights.

‘We now have a detailed work plan of operation and security defence,’ he said.

He said that in February, Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for Business and Trade, visited Nigeria and had been working with her counterpart at the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

‘We have agreed on a range of sectors which we are now working on such as agriculture, the creative industries, legal and financial services, education partnerships and to increase mutual trade and investment between the UK and Nigeria.

‘And my third highlight is the ability to get around this amazing country and I have managed to visit some states like Sokoto, Taraba, Borno , Rivers and Enugu.

‘I also visit Lagos regularly, and I have been to a number of states in between.

‘Getting across this country has been a huge highlight and I will like to use this opportunity to thank some people for their warm hospitality.

‘I thank the gove
rnors, traditional leaders, the business people and civil society across the country.’

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

UniAbuja Strike: CONUA dissociates self, says action baseless


The Congress of University Academics (CONUA), University of Abuja Chapter, has dissociated itself from the ongoing strike by the university branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The Chairman, CONUA, University of Abuja Chapter, Prof. Abdul Buba, said this when the group paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah in Abuja on Friday.

Buba said the university system could not be grounded because it had no Governing Council, a decision that informed the industrial action.

‘We believe in stable academic calendar and that’s why we believe that there are other ways of handling labour issues rather than strike actions.

‘CONUA addresses issues and not personalities. We also respect opinions of our members and not a predetermined objective of the leadership.

‘We address issues without sentiments and meet with the right stakeholders in the pursue of our objectives.

‘We are conscious of the negative effects of strikes, and we believe in deploying relevant strateg
ies that will yield positive results in modern age of innovation,’ he said.

He added that CONUA would continue to engage relevant stakeholders to pursue legitimate welfare for its members without dabbling with issues not of the concern to its members.

‘The ongoing strike in place in the university, CONUA is not part of it because we believe in academic and service delivery.

‘All these five points for the strike are baseless.

‘Let me start with the issue of advertorial for the position of vice chancellor, initially if it were that the council is in place everything about employment both the employees and the principal officers start and end with the university governing council.

‘But in the absence of the university governing council, the law has no provision for the vice chancellor to appoint any successor so it is the responsibility of the government to do that. So, there is no way the VC can be accused.

‘This is because even the advertorial, if you watch and other advertorial that were placed by other
universities, it was mentioning the ministry representing the government so this is baseless,’ he said.

Also, the CONUA Secretary, Prof. Issa Abdulraheem, urged the union to focus on the welfare of its members which was the sole role of establishing a union.

‘The union is established to cater for the welfare of its members, all the issues raised by the other union are baseless and have nothing to do with the staff welfare.

‘And so we believe that we have ways of handling issues with stakeholders without sentiments of personalising issues. All the points raised by the other unions are not in the interest of its members,’he said.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, appreciated CONUA for its stance in not joining the strike, hoping that academic programme by ASUU would commence soon.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the University of Abuja ASUU branch had embarked on a total and indefinite strike on May 2 over alleged university’s refusal to conduct
elections for the office of the Dean’s of faculties and Provost College of Health Sciences.

The Union also accused the university of carrying out promotion of some staffers without following due process.

Other reasons for the strike, according to the Union include, ‘Advertorial of the vacancy of the post of the Vice Chancellor without following due process, among others.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Only PhD students eligible to bring dependents to UK – Envoy


The UK says only international students coming in for their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies are eligible to bring in dependents to the country.

Dr Richard Montgomery, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that the educational system policy, which changed early 2024, for international students in higher education not to bring dependents into the UK, was to curb the increase of foreign student bringing in dependents.

He explained that the huge surge in dependence was putting an unsustainable pressure on many universities, adding that it was the reason these changes were introduced.

Montgomery added that before his posting as High Commissioner to Nigeria, he had spoken to some of the universities on the policy change, of which had been in the pipeline for some time.

He noted that the Chancellors of the universities had complained of the huge student populations, highlighting that accommodation was a huge
challenge, including access to medical services under the National Health Service and access to school if they brought in dependents.

According to him, the restrictions do not apply to all categories, adding that those doing a long term research degree, like a PhD or doctorate are not affected.

‘Those coming to the UK for doctorate can still bring their dependents but if you are coming to the UK with a study visa for an undergraduate degree, or short term master’s degree, I’m afraid the rules have been changed.

‘People need to understand why this change was brought in, and it is a sensible change because we have a large higher education sector and most of these universities are in towns across the country.

‘There has been a surge recently, in demand for British education and I can give you the macro figures and there has also been a huge increase in foreign students bringing their dependants.

‘In the case of Nigeria, in 2019, before the Coronavirus pandemic, there were only one and a half thousand depend
ents being brought in from Nigeria, with those on study visas,

‘In 2022, that figure had increased to 52,000 dependants; so, that’s a thirty fold increase in dependence. And it’s not just about Nigeria by the way.

‘It is also about all foreign students. We saw similar rises, for example, amongst Indian students coming to study in the UK,’ he added

Speaking on the policy initiation, he said: ‘It is early to ascertain the impact of the policy on undergraduates because these changes were announced in 2023, but came into effect early this year.

‘And we would have to wait until September 2024 before we get the next run of academic tickets.

‘I think what your wider audience needs to hear is that the demand for UK education is really strong.

‘In 2022, 65,000 study visas were approved to Nigerian applicants, 65,000, while in September 2023 we received about 115,000 Study visa applications from Nigeria.

‘Of which 95 per cent were approved and over 110,000 study visas were issued last September compared to 65,00
0 of the previous year, there’s almost a doubling of Nigerian study visas in 2023 which means the demand is really high.

‘And it is something which I am genuinely pleased and proud about that the UK has such a good higher educational sector and we are still at the six economy, and is still one of the biggest economies but we are only 2.5 per cent of the global economy.

‘So, we have 17 of the top 100 universities in the world. We have 17 per cent of the top universities, so it is one of our units.

‘I really like the demand but there are other factors at play in terms of schooling in the UK. The value of the Naira in the coming months will also determine how easy or hard it will be for many people to afford our education.

‘I am hoping that the demand will be sustained,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Muslim lawyers’ll foster peaceful coexistence among different religious, ethnic groups – President


Mr Saidu Muhammad, the newly-elected President of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN), says the association will foster peaceful coexistence among different religious and ethnic groups in Nigeria.

He stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ibadan.

NAN reports that Muhammad emerged the new MULAN president at the association’s 15th Annual General Conference held between Friday and Saturday in Ibadan.

He said that the association would strive to identify areas of potential conflicts and nip them in the bud in order to promote peaceful coexistence in the country.

Muhammad also said that the association would reach out to other groups such as Christian Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, to promote inter-faith harmony and understanding.

According to him, under no circumstance should any misunderstanding among Muslims, Christians and people from other religions degenerate into violence or conflict in Nigeria.

‘I intend to reinvent MULAN and take it to a higher le
vel of relevance in state, regional and national affairs.

‘We will partner with students, youths and women to interface with governments at all levels in order to address their problems and concerns,’ he said.

Muhammad further stated that the association would be much more than just a pressure group of like-minded peers

‘It will become a vibrant voice for re-awakening public consciousness, dialogue and action,’ he said.

The association’s goal, according to him, is to work for the common good of all Nigerians and the Islamic religion.

He said that the association would also strive to eradicate ignorance, suspicion and distrust among Muslims through an active campaign and public engagements.

‘We must be recognised as a force for the good of all, national integration, ethnic cohesion and, above all, religious tolerance and understanding,’ he said.

Muhammad said that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, being a MULAN member, is on an important seat whic
h the association could leverage to achieve its objectives and plans for Nigeria and Nigerians.

He pledged the association’s support to Fagbemi to enhance his success in his position through concrete steps such as initiating and endorsing executive bills for passage into law, among others.

The MULAN president noted that the country was currently facing challenges in the areas of employment, education, culture and politics.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to work together to address the challenges in the interest of peace, progress and development of the country.

He called on the government to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and give youths a sense of belonging.

‘Government must also cut down the cost of governance, which is one of the highest in the world, and ensure that leaders are not allowed to become looters,’ he added.

He promised to ensure protection of the interests of Muslims in the country, be it legal or otherwise.

‘I will encourage recognition, respect and integratio
n of Islamic principles and practices in legal proceedings and statutes at all levels of government,’ he said.

NAN reports that Muhammad, who was born on April 17, 1969, is a 1994 graduate of Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

He holds a Masters degree in Law from the same university, specialising in Company and Labour Relations Law.

He had, at various times, acted as an advocate, solicitor and arbitrator, with considerable experience, both locally and internationally, in dispute resolution and complex transactions.

The new MULAN president, currently the managing partner of the law firm of S.D. Muhd and Co., is a member of many professional bodies, including International Bar Association, African Bar Association and the Nigerian Bar Association.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

OTC 2024: PETAN leads stakeholders on sustainable energy solutions for Africa’s future


The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) has led delegates to the 2024 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas U.S., to discuss sustainable energy solutions for Africa’s future.

Mr Kevin Nwanze, Executive Secretary, PETAN, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

Nwanze said that PETAN’s Nigerian pavilion at OTC 2024 would be hosted under the theme, ‘Sustainable Energy Solutions for Africa’s Future’.

He said that the conference would have more than 200 hours of multidisciplinary discussions and networking events, including a wide range of topics, suited for every participant.

PETAN scribe, however, called for stakeholders’ participation at the 2024 OTC, holding between May 6 and May 9 at the NRG Park, Houston, Texas, U.S.

Nwanze also said that PETAN had been responsible for hosting stakeholders at the OTC for many years.

He said, ‘The association is calling on government agencies, stakeholders, oil and gas companies, and Nigerian investors to participate at the Nig
erian pavilion at the prestigious event in Houston, U.S.

‘Participation in the Nigerian pavilion shall deliver a unique opportunity for exhibitors and delegates to interact with global professionals as they share their insights on technological advances, energy transition, safety, environmentally focused solutions, and economic and regulatory impacts of the offshore energy sector.

‘It allows organisations to engage with world leaders, CEOs, and government officials from around the world, with the chance to create and develop business relationships.

‘It also tap into emerging regions vital to offshore development and obtaining recognition necessary for growth and visibility to thousands across the globe.

‘The event will showcase company’s capabilities to over 1,000 delegates and over 250 companies in the industry, promote products and services to operators and contractors in the local region.

‘It will help participants to gain access to the latest industry news and access to networking opportunities with
professional contacts from across the world.’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that OTC 2024 expects over 31,000 energy professionals as attendees, 45 technical sessions, 450 presentations and over 1,300 exhibitors drawn from different countries, including Nigeria.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Chad Presidential election: Nigeria’s special envoy sues for peace, order


Amb. Babagana Kingibe, Nigeria’s Special Envoy to Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), has called on candidates, political parties and the general public to uphold peace during the Chad presidential election.

The presidential election is scheduled for May 6.

Kingibe, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, urged Chadians to maintain the relative peace and good order demonstrated during the campaigns.

He implored Chadians to remain calm after voting and patiently await the announcement of the outcome of the elections by Chad’s National Election Management Agency (ANGE).

The special envoy said that any grievance that might arise from the polls should be channeled to the appropriate authorities.

‘On the eve of the historic presidential election in Chad, I congratulate the transitional authorities in Chad, the Chadian people and all friends of Chad for the journey so far towards the return of the country to a democratic constitutional order through peac
eful elections.

‘As the Special Envoy to Chad of the LCBC, and, as mandated by the Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the LCBC, I and my team have, since May 2021, closely followed and accompanied the Chadian people and the Government in their transition process.

‘Throughout this journey, the Chadian people and the transitional authorities exhibited great patriotism, mutual tolerance, and the necessary spirit of compromise in order to change the Chadian narratives and now commit to build a peaceful, stable and prosperous democratic country.’

Kingibe said that the transition process had not been easy or without often heated contentions.

He noted, however, that Chadians confronted all the challenges, weathered all the political and security storms and were on the cusp of the final lap.

‘Therefore, I call on all the presidential candidates, the political parties and leaders, and the general public to maintain the relative peace and good order demonstrated during the campaigns.

‘Continue to remain
calm; and after the voting, patiently await the announcement of the outcome of the elections by the ANGE, the body legally authorised to announce the results.

‘I further urge that any challenges, complaints or grievances that may arise are taken up peacefully for settlement through the constituted electoral guidelines and laws, or if necessary, the judicial processes.

‘The alternative is to risk the tremendous progress and the fruits of the great sacrifices already made by all parties.

‘I wish to reassure the continued support to Chad of the Leaders of the LCBC as they look forward to the peaceful inauguration of a new democratic constitutional order in the country,” he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria