11th February, 2011
The Deputy High Commissioner of United Kingdom to Nigeria, Robbin Gwynn, has said that his countryÂ wanted Nigeria to adopt a good electoral process that would lead to free and fair election in theÂ country this year.
Gwynn stated this when he led other High Commission officials on a courtesy visit to the Speaker andÂ other members of the Lagos State House of Assembly recently.
According to him, it is only a free and fair election that would ensure the rule of the majority whichÂ is the gateway to the future of the country.
â€œWe recognise that a good electoral process that would lead to free and fair election is the gatewayÂ to the future, a good electoral process would open the doors further for Nigeria on the internationalÂ stage and everybody wants to see it happen successfully,â€ Gwynn said.
He also said that his country would be very happy with whoever Nigerians chose to elect either at theÂ federal or state level under a free and fair election where the will of the majority would be clear.
â€œWe are looking forward to the period after that when Nigeria can really move forward, and Lagos isÂ such a key part to that. We are with you in the period ahead as supportive friends and also lookingÂ forward to working with the Assembly in the future,â€ he added.
In his response, Speaker Adeyemi ikuforiji, assured the Commissioner that Nigerians are desirous ofÂ having a free and fair election this year because â€œwe are eager to join the comity of civilised andÂ advanced democracies; we are conscious of our position in the annals of African history and in theÂ Lagos Assembly, we are very conscious of our role as the transitional generation.
â€œWe know very well that the future of democracy in Nigeria and indeed the rest of Africa has much toÂ do with what we are able to do in Lagos as that is what determines the well-being of democracyÂ in ourÂ land; that is why we try to do it right hereâ€, Ikuforiji said.
The speaker also solicited the support of the UK in building a virile legislature, adding that theÂ countryâ€™s democracy is the bedrock of democracy in the world.
He assured the Deputy High Commissioner that whatever teething problems were being observed in theÂ nationâ€™s democracy now would soon be a thing of the past.