Comrade Aisha Yesufu, a prominent Nigerian activist, has called for the establishment of universally accepted standards for free, fair, and credible elections worldwide. Her plea is grounded in the belief that such transparent election standards could act as a deterrent against the resurgence of military coups in various countries.
Yesufu emphasized the critical need for consistent and universally applicable electoral processes, asserting that nations should not maintain different standards for elections if they wish to sustain democracy without flawed outcomes.
She issued this caution a day before the recent coup in Gabon, clarifying that her statement was not made in anticipation of the event. In a concise statement, she conveyed her message on social media:
“The world must find a universally accepted standard for free, fair, and credible elections. We cannot continue to have different standards; otherwise, military coups will become the order of the day. I shot this video yesterday, and today we have a coup in Gabon.”