2015: U.S ambassador cautions against violence
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, has cautioned Nigerian politicians against violence during the 2015 elections, saying violence remained a threat to democracy.
Entwistle urged candidates to commit themselves to the principle fair play before, during and after elections, stressing that it was necessary for politicians to begin to make such commitments before the general election.
The envoy spoke on Wednesday during a courtesy call on the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.
He pledged the U.S support for the Nigerian government towards a successful conduct of 2015 general election, saying the long standing relationship between the two countries has made it imperative for such assistance.
Entwistle pledged to also reach interface with other political parties in Nigeria, with the view to gauging their commitment to the electoral process.
He said, “That is what we stand for and as part of that, I will try to be in touch with all parties to understand them, so that we can be knowledgeable about the electoral process here.
“From our own historical experience, we understand the importance of elections. The United States will support the Nigerian people in their quest to ensure a credible and transparent election that they want and deserve.
“I think it is incumbent on all of us to work towards this, history shows us that one election can make the difference. It may not happen overnight, but genuine change in every society is only possible in a true democratic process.”
The National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, who spoke on behalf of the party leadership, said the party was committed to deepening internal democracy through transparent party primaries.