Why We Are Interested In Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Elections – US

By Ikenga Chronicles March 6, 2018

Why We Are Interested In Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Elections – US

The United States of America has expressed interest in Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections stating that it has been a major priority of the Donald Trump administration in view of the country’s strategic position in Africa.

The US Department of State made this public in a background briefing ahead of US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson’s first visit to Africa.

The brief pointed out that the US was interested in a peaceful transition in 2019.

Tillerson will be in Africa today ahead of a Five-nation tour where he will be meeting leaders of Djibouti, Chad, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya between March 6th and 13.

The State Department added that the U.S was increasingly becoming interested in political transitions across Africa because about two decades ago, there were only a small number of countries that had democratically elected governments in the continent.

Tillerson disclosed that a lot of African countries still had fragile democracies and the U.S was doing everything possible to improve them.

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.”

According to the brief, the recent kidnappings of 110 schoolgirls in Nigeria will also be discussed when Tillerson meets President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.