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2019 Elections: Violence looms in Nigeria, says US

The United States Government has expressed fear that the Nigeria’s general elections scheduled for 2019 are likely to be characterised by violence.

It said the conduct of the elections could have significant consequences for the democratic trajectory of Nigeria, West Africa, and the entire continent.

The US however said the public disturbance that the elections would cause might not be “large-scale nationwide conflict” but “localised violence.”

The US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, disclosed this in his presentation during the US Congress hearing on Nigeria’s forthcoming elections in Washington DC on Thursday.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Ben Murray-Bruce; and the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Nnena Ukeje, were present at the hearing titled, “Nigeria at a Crossroads: The Upcoming Elections.”

Nagy, who is a member of President Donald Trump’s administration and his lead foreign policy adviser for Africa, said the Department of State agreed with the view that Nigeria’s 2019 general elections would serve as critical test.

He listed states that might experience violence during the elections to include Rivers, Borno, Benue, Plateau and Kano.

 

 

– Punch

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