Nigeria expresses confidence that Kenya can handle its political crisis

Adoba Echono, Abuja


The Nigerian government says the political crisis in Kenya is an internal affair of the nation which she can handle at this stage.

A statement in Abuja by the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Adeleye Elias Fatile, maintained that the Nigerian government believes in democratic and constitutional change of government.

Dr. Elias Fatile said that the Kenyan government could handle the situation at this stage of the political crisis.

 “It’s an internal affair of Kenya and we believe that the Kenyan government can handle it.”

“You know Nigeria is committed to democratic governance and change of government by constitutional means.”

Kenya’s main opposition leader, Mr. Raila Odinga had declared himself the people’s president at a controversial swearing in ceremony the country’s capital, Nairobi.

Thousands of Mr. Odinga’s supporters attended the event, despite a warning by the government that the swearing in ceremony amounted to treason.

Kenyan authorities have repeatedly warned that such an inauguration was treasonous.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has declared the opposition coalition, as an organised criminal group.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November last year.

Elections were first held in August but the courts ordered a re-run saying Mr. Kenyatta’s victory was marred by irregularities.

He again won the rerun election in October, which Mr. Odinga boycotted.