(By Chioma Peters)-The United States of America has said that it will closely monitor Nigeria’s elections in 2019, a commitment that many have seen as bad news for unpopular Nigerian politicians who are hoping to write results, in their quest to subvert the will of the electorates.
This indication was given by the U.S. Department of State at a briefing on the first trip of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Africa, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in New York.
The report further quotes Rex Tillson:
“As we look at the 20 elections, obviously Nigeria, though it’s not this year – it’s going to be next year – that really is a major priority focus, because that’s going to be the third most populous country in the world by 2050.
“It has really very complex political issues and ethnic and tribal issues and security issues,
“And that’s an area that we really are focusing on how to do a peaceful transition, a democratic transition, but more important is how to hold governments accountable to the people,” the state department said.
NAN further reported that Tillerson is scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries to communicate their expectations of an election that would be a positive development in Africa, as well as leaders of Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya between March 6 and 13.