Washington: U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for free and fair elections in Nigeria this Saturday — and for Nigerians to reject the violence that has marred the country’s previous polls.
US President Barack Obama has called for free and fair elections in Nigeria this Saturday. He has also called the Nigerians to reject the violence which had marred the country’s previous polls.
He said that the election is the key to stop Boko Haram and allowing more than a million homeless Nigerians to return to their homes.
He said, “I call on all Nigerians to peacefully express your views and to reject the voices of those who call for violence. And when elections are free and fair, it is the responsibility of all citizens to help keep the peace, no matter who wins”.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is contesting against former military Muhammadu Buhari.
There were allegations of vote rigging after Jonathan won the 2011 polls set off violent protests in the north that killed some 800 people.