New York – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has
congratulated Nigeria on the largely peaceful and orderly
conduct of presidential and parliamentary elections.
Ban, in a statement issued on Saturday night in New York,
encouraged all Nigerians to continue to maintain the peace
and to exercise patience throughout the ongoing voting
process and the announcement of the final results.
He condemned the attacks reportedly carried out by Boko
Haram in some parts of the country and attempts by
hoodlums to disrupt polling in some areas.
The UN Chief said that he was encouraged by the
determination and resilience shown by Nigerians in
pressing forward and exercising their civic duties.
The Secretary-General called on all actors to channel any
complaints that might arise from the elections through the
established dispute resolution mechanisms.
The Secretary-General said he believed that the successful
conclusion of the electoral process would mark an
important step forward in further consolidating democracy
and the rule of law in Nigeria.(NAN)