Biden on Nigerian Election

President Joe Biden poses for his official portrait Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in the Library of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden spoke out about the upcoming Nigerian election from the White House. During a press conference, the President addressed concerns about the integrity of the election and the need for a free and fair process.

Biden began by acknowledging the importance of Nigeria, as it is Africa’s largest democracy and has a significant impact on the continent’s stability and economic growth. He then expressed concern over reports of violence and intimidation surrounding the election, particularly in the northern regions of the country.

The President went on to emphasize the importance of a transparent and peaceful electoral process, stating that “the success of democracy in Nigeria is crucial to the future of the country and the region as a whole.”

Biden also called on Nigerian leaders to ensure that all citizens are able to participate in the election without fear of violence or retribution. He urged the government to take necessary steps to prevent any acts of violence and to hold accountable those who seek to undermine the electoral process.

The President’s comments come as Nigeria prepares for its next general election, scheduled to take place in 2023. The country has a history of contentious and violent elections, with allegations of vote rigging and intimidation.

Biden’s statement is part of a broader U.S. policy to support democracy and human rights around the world. The U.S. has a long-standing relationship with Nigeria and has provided assistance to the country in areas such as health, education, and security.

The President concluded his remarks by expressing the U.S.’s commitment to working with Nigeria to promote democracy and stability in the region. He reiterated that a free and fair election is essential for the continued success of Nigeria’s democracy and urged all parties to respect the electoral process.

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Source: The White House