Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nigeria: US veep engages presidential candidates over perceived violence

Ahead of the rescheduled March 28 presidential elections in Nigeria, United States vice president, Mr. Joe Biden has had a telephone conversation with President Goodluck Jonathan and his All Progressive Congress (APC) counterpart, Gen. Mohamadu Buhari, over how the elections will be made violence free.

During the separate conversations, according to a White House media note which was made available to our correspondent on Thursday, Mr. Joe Biden told both President Jonathan and General Buhari that the United States government was greatly concerned over indications that the elections might be filled with violence due to inflammatory statements coming from both the ruling and the major opposition parties in the country.

The United States vice president, during the conversations with both candidates, was said to have raised serious concerns about violence in Nigeria ahead of that country’s March 28 elections.

Biden however, commended both leaders for signing an accord committed to a nonviolent election just as he affirmed the total support of the government of his country for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the elections are free, fair and credible.

The White House media note also indicated that Vice president Joe Biden also told both candidates on the need to make sure that violence has no place in all the elections.


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