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Nigerian President Pledges Commitment to Election Reform

"Not even the President will put himself above the law," Yar'Adua tells VOA

Washington, D.C., September 28, 2007 - In an exclusive interview with the Voice of America (VOA), Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua underscored his commitment to establish a credible electoral process for Nigeria.

"I sincerely believe that we need to conduct our elections and affairs in accordance to the ideals of democracy," Yar'Adua stated. He also announced plans to implement recommendations from the country's Electoral Reform Panel.

When asked about corruption in his country, Yar'Adua pledged strict adherence to his "zero tolerance" rule of law and told VOA's Hausa Service that "there will be no sacred cows" in his government's efforts to combat corruption. "Not even the President will put himself above the law," he added.

Yar'Adua took office in May after elections in which observers reported widespread intimidation, disorganization and vote-rigging. The European Union said the elections were "not credible."

VOA interviewed President Yar'Adua following his speech before the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

VOA's Hausa Service airs 12 hours of programming weekly to Nigeria. For more information, visit our website at For an English news story on the interview, visit

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