The United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs has warned the federal government of Nigeria on the dire consequences to be expected if the rescheduled March 28 general elections are shifted again.
The Congress’ Committee which is being chaired by Rep. Ed Royce while highlighting the significance of the elections during the week, said there would be a serious implication if the elections are not held on the new dates.
The committee further urged the Nigerian government to do everything to ensure the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducts a safe and credible election without further delay despite the activities of the Boko Haram Sect which it said had caused several security threats to the country’s stability.
Also, members of the Committee called on all the candidates of the various political parties to uphold their commitments to prevent political violence, which they said was very common in Nigeria.
On insecurity, the lawmakers unanimously passed a bipartisan legislation to condemn the activities of Boko Haram. They also condemned the terrorist group over its bloody attacks which they said had claimed several lives and properties.
The legislation that was passed also applauded the efforts of the African Union to raise a standing regional force to combat Boko Haram. It also expressed support for a robust security assistance to the new force.
The lawmakers encouraged the Nigerian government to continue to work with the United States and the neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroun to defeat the bloody group, adding that the government needed to ensure that the new coalition forces authorized by the African Union has the tools needs to get the job done.