The United States, US, has again warned Nigerians, not to obey illegal directives to them, using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, gave the warning in Makurdi, Benue State capital.
He was speaking with Journalists, after his meeting with the State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
According to a report of the encounter monitored on Channels TV, Symington cautioned against taking illegal directives to manipulate the 2019 general elections.
He said that Political Leaders have a responsibility to ensure that the elections this year are free and fair.
“If anybody asks you to do something that is not right, and says the boss wants you to do it, or the person at the top wants you to do it, do not believe him; because the person at the top is honestly saying they want to win a fair election. There is a reason not to believe them”, the Envoy said.
Symington advised Nigerians not to believe those who may want to compromise the Electoral process. He warned that people are responsible for their own actions.
“The citizens are responsible to their God, second to their conscience, and third to the laws of Nigeria, fourth to the court of public opinion in Nigeria, and finally, international law and the rest of us”, he said.
He said that in the few days to the election, people will say things irrespective of their intentions, “either to hate or to stir up violence”.
He warned that such people would be held to account.
Symington spoke two days after a statement by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that any foreign intervention in Nigeria, would be resisted.
The statement made by the Governor on a national television programme, ignited an outcry, with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, warning that it may withdraw from the Peace Accord, which the political parties signed, to promote violence-free elections.
On Wednesday, the European Union, EU, election Observers reacted to El-Rufai’s remarks, by stating that they are in Nigeria on invitation, to monitor the processes of the elections, and not to interfere in the affairs of the country.