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US speaks on Nigeria’s 2019 elections


The United States government has spoken about the forthcoming 2019 polls in Nigeria.

The US said the 2019 general elections was it’s priority and avowed to work towards ensuring that the transition is peaceful and successful.

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

Tillerson said the United States projects Nigeria as the third most populous country in the world by 2050, and as such is concerned about the convoluted political issues, ethnic and tribal feuds and security issues it is presently battling 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.”

Tillerson visits Africa for the first time on Tuesday.