Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
THE Government of Finland has described as false a letter attributed to its prime minister, Sanna Marin, purportedly asking a Nigerian-Finish lawyer, Simon Ekpa, to withdraw some controversial comments about the upcoming Nigerian general elections.
Finland’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Leena Pylvänäinen, made the clarification Thursday on her official Twitter handle, @LeenaPylvanainen, saying: “Please note: This letter does not originate from the Government of Finland ‼️”
The letter purportedly from the Finland’s prime minister gave a 48-hour to Simon Ekpa, a Nigerian-Finish and headliner in the South-east Biafran agitation, to desist from encouraging Nigerians to boycott the upcoming general elections.
Ms Pylvänäinen was on Tuesday summoned by Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a meeting on the sit-at-home order made by Ekpa during the forthcoming elections in Nigeria.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, she said had told the ministry that she could not comment on the content of the letter. “But there are definitely contacts and communication. It is a shared concern.”
She noted that Finland, as part of the EU, attaches importance to the upcoming Nigeria elections and is committed to supporting the authorities to make sure they are carried out safely and securely in all parts of the country.
“This is very much a shared interest and concern and we do not condone any violence or incitement to violence or any calls to stop the election. That is of course unacceptable,” Ms Pylvänäinen said.