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US Frowns At Election Violence In Nigeria, Threatens To Sanction Perpetrators

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The United States has kicked against the suppression, intimidation of voters and the violence witnessed in many parts of the country in the just concluded March 18 governorship and the house of assembly elections in Nigeria.

The US made its views concerning the election in a statement on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

In the statement titled “Nigeria carried out the second round of its electoral process with gubernatorial and state assembly elections on March 18”, the US threatened to carry out sanction on perpetrators of election violence in Nigeria.

Also, the American government called on the Federal Government to probe reports on election violence.

The statement reads, “The United States is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.

Members of the U.S. diplomatic mission observed the elections in Lagos and elsewhere and witnessed some of these incidents first-hand.

“The use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.
“We commend all Nigerian political actors, religious and community leaders, youth, and citizens who have chosen to reject and speak out against such violence and inflammatory language, affirming Nigerians’ commitment to and respect for the democratic process.

“We call on Nigerian authorities to hold accountable and bring to justice any individuals found to have ordered or carried out efforts to intimidate voters and suppress voting during the election process.

“The United States likewise will consider all available actions, including additional visa restrictions, on individuals believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Nigeria.

“The United States renews its call for any challenges to election results to go through established legal processes, which must not be interfered with.”

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