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Chadians, Nigeriens, others free to join Buhari campaign —Ribadu

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By Toby Prince

Following the presence of two Niger Republic governors at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign in Kano state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Director, Presidential Campaign Council Field Operations, Nuhu Ribadu, has claimed that foreign nationals are free to support whoever they wish.

Mr Ribadu made this known at a one-day workshop for participants in a programme organised by the APC presidential council field canvassers in Abuja.

The former chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) warned that nobody should interfere in the fundamental rights of free movement as enshrined in the ECOWAS protocol.

“For your information, it is a free world and it is the constitutional right of everyone to be where he wants to be. You have no right to curtail anybody from doing what he wants to do. People from West Africa are free to move into Nigeria. We have a protocol or agreement that they don’t need a visa to come into this country,” he said.

“I know for sure that they don’t have the vote but as a free West African who believe that someone has done extremely very well, and decided to identify himself with what he believes in, I don’t think there is anything wrong (about that) and I don’t think there is any crime committed. You cannot and you have no right as a Nigerian to stop them from exercising their fundamental right to identify with their friends.

“Their presence may or may not have any impact on Buhari’s re-election, but they are entitled to identify with him. We have to guarantee their freedom because since their presence is within the law, we don’t have any right to stop them.”

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