Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in Nigeria’s presidential election held on February 25, 2023, has voiced his concerns about the impact of receiving funding from foreign agencies on the country’s electoral process. He emphasized that such foreign funding, received by entities like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), peace committees, and civil society organizations, undermines the integrity of Nigeria’s elections.

Adeboye further argued that for elections to be truly free, fair, and credible, it is imperative to discontinue the practice of foreign funding. He pointed out that when both government institutions and civil rights groups receive funds from foreign bodies, it compromises the sovereignty of the country and weakens the electoral process.

These statements were made by Adeboye during his appearance as a special guest on the online discussion program “90 Minutes Africa,” hosted by Rudolf Okonkwo.

“Nigeria is becoming a hub for foreign agents, which is why the international community feels compelled to oversee our elections,” Adeboye remarked. He questioned the rationale behind INEC, having already received N350 billion from Nigerian citizens, still accepting money from foreign entities such as the European Union (EU), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), among others.

The issue of foreign financial support in Nigeria’s electoral process has ignited a significant debate. While some argue that international assistance contributes to transparency and accountability, others share Adeboye’s concerns regarding potential interference and compromised independence.

The discussion surrounding foreign funding in elections has prompted calls for more stringent regulations and increased transparency in Nigeria. Critics contend that dependence on external funds could compromise the decision-making process and sovereignty of Nigerian institutions. On the other hand, proponents argue that international support can enhance the credibility and inclusivity of the electoral process.

In light of Adeboye’s remarks, it is expected that INEC and other relevant stakeholders will assess the implications of foreign financial support and explore potential reforms. The goal is to strike a balance that preserves Nigeria’s sovereignty while ensuring transparent and credible elections that garner the trust of both domestic and international observers.

As the conversation on foreign funding in Nigeria’s electoral process continues, it remains to be seen how policymakers and electoral authorities will address the concerns raised by Prince Adebayo Adeboye and others advocating for increased scrutiny and regulation in this domain.

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