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5 Mar 2018

US speaks on Nigeria’s 2019 elections, reveals plans

The United States government has spoken on the upcoming general elections in Nigeria.

The US said the 2019 general elections was its priority focus, and vowed to work towards achieving a peaceful transition.

America’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said this while doing a background briefing on his planned trip to Africa from Tuesday.

He said the United States recognizes that Nigeria would be the third most populous country in the world by 2050, and as such was worried about the complex political issues and ethnic and tribal issues and security issues it is currently contending with.

He said, “As we look at the 2019 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 Tuesday’s trip will be Tillerson’s first to Africa.

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