The head of ECOWAS election observation mission in Nigeria and former President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Mr. Earnest Bi Koroma says the mission has noted the concerns of fuel shortage, naira scarcity and security that are needed to be addressed ahead of the elections.
He made the observation known in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit on the minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama.
Mr. Koroma said the mission was in Nigeria with alot of expectations towards positive outcome of the 2023 polls.
He explained that 250 ECOWAS observers would be deployed during the conduct of the exercise to work along with other stakeholders.
Mr. Koroma stressed that Nigeria was one of the must important coutries on the sub-region and whatever happens in the polls affect the rest of the continent.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for clearly showing commitment to the credibility of the elections, Mr. Koroma said It was important for any democratic setting to allow external systems to monitor its elections.
He expressed regret that 5 attempted coups were experienced within the sub-region while also acknowledging the role played by Nigeria in upholding democratic tenets in Africa.
In his opening remarks, thw Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama who welcome the ECOWAS observation mission explained that President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that the he was committed towards peaceful conduct of elections and transfer of power which he has demonstrated so far.
Mr. wished Mr. Koroma well in his assignment and pray for the sucess of the mission adding that his experience would no doubt add value.