Why we are keen on credible election in Nigeria – US Embassy



The US Embassy in Nigeria has said that it is not supporting any party or candidate in Nigeria but it wants a credible election.

ding a level-playing ground.

It said in a statement, “This election is Nigeria’s, but it is also important for Nigeria’s neighbours and for the world.

“Nigeria has long played a great leadership role in the region and beyond as a force for democratic stability. The credible electoral results of 2015 empowered Nigeria to play that role.

“The United States looks forward to a similar result this week.”

Urging Nigerians to be weary of fake news, I added,  “The United States Embassy in Nigeria wishes to reiterate, unequivocally, that we are not taking sides in Nigeria’s election.

“We do not support any party or candidate. We support a level playing field and the democratic process.

“That is the bedrock principle of our government’s advocacy on democratic elections. In the final run-up to the Feb. 16 vote, fake news and rumours are operating in overdrive. But it must be repeated: we are not taking sides.

“The United States is Nigeria’s long-term and enduring friend.

“We provide more than $1bn in assistance and help, save more than two million lives of Nigerians each year through our health and humanitarian assistance.

“This will not change. We are Nigeria’s good partner, and this will continue after this democratic election – no matter who wins.”

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