United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, says those who interfere in Nigeria’s election must be held accountable.
In a statement released by the US state department Friday, Pompeo said the elections are Nigeria’s opportunity to solidify its place as the democratic leader in Africa.
“The United States government supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the Nigerian people,” Pompeo said.
“It is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission operates free from outside pressure and intimidation and in a totally objective manner.
“Nigerian security services must provide a safe and secure environment for the Nigerian people to exercise their rights. Those who interfere in the electoral process or incite violence must be held to account.
“The upcoming elections are an opportunity for Nigeria to solidify its place as a democratic leader in Africa.”
This comes after Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, on Tuesday said foreigners who interfere in the coming elections would be returned to their home countries in body bags.
His comment drew a bitter backlash from across the country and also raised concern in the international community over the forthcoming poll.