Tuesday, March 6, 2018

US Declares Nigeria’s 2019 Elections A Major Priority

The United States government has declared that Nigeria’s 2019 general election and a peaceful transition in government remains its major priority.

This was disclosed by the US Department of State during a briefing on the first trip of Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, to Africa saying the election is its priority in view of the country’s strategic position in the African region.

The department expressed hope that African countries currently with democratically elected governments will not have transitions through undemocratic means.

“As we look at the 2019 elections, obviously Nigeria, though it’s not this year, that really is a major priority focus, because that’s going to be the third most populous country in the world by 2050,” the state department said.

“It has really very complex political issues and ethnic, tribal and security issues.
“And that’s an area that we really are focusing on; on how to do a peaceful and democratic transition.
“But more important is how to hold governments accountable to the people.”