US caution Nigerians against election violence, denies supporting Tinubu, Atiku, Obi

The United States Government has advised Nigerians to avoid inciting statements that could trigger violence, voter suppression or intimidation and thereby mar the electoral process.

Molly Phee, U.S. Assistant Secretary of States for African Affairs, gave the advice, on Wednesday, in Abuja during a roundtable with some Nigerian journalists.

Phee, whose advice is coming a few days before the 2023 general elections in the country, noted that having credible polls was the responsibility of all citizens.

She urged Nigerians to trust in the electoral process and accept the choice of the people when winners are announced while strongly admonishing citizens to refrain from post-election violence.

Pee also cautioned political parties and their candidates against voter suppression and intimidation.

The official further said her interactions with officials of INEC showed that they were prepared to hold elections in the country in spite of the current challenges.

The assistant secretary further said the U.S. government remains committed to supporting Nigeria’s democracy and a peaceful transition of power.

In a related development, the United States has said its government is not backing any individual, candidate or party, ahead of Nigeria’s general election.

Molly Phee, U.S. Assistant Secretary of States for African Affairs, made this known on Wednesday, in Abuja.

“Here in Nigeria, it is my impression that the fundamentals here are very strong and President Buhari has made it very clear that he would not seek a third term and that he views an important legacy of his time and tenure as President to be a peaceful transition of power.

“In December, when the United States hosted the African Leaders Summit, President Biden invited a select number of Heads of State to the White House including President Buhari to discuss upcoming elections in 2023.

“In that meeting, they discussed the importance and challenges of how to arrange a free and fair election that will result in a credible outcome, and how to ensure that the process is peaceful.



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