US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the presidential candidate of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress, Mohammadu Buhari, at the US Consulate in Lagos January 25, 2015. US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that peacefu ~ AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
Washington - The United States is ready to work with anyone democratically elected in Nigeria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday as he offered a cautiously upbeat assessment of Muhammadu Buhari, the former military ruler.
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"Buhari has peacefully contested the last few presidential elections and accepted the results of those votes, even when he questioned the credibility of the process," said the U.S. State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"His leadership of the opposition over these years has demonstrated a commitment to democracy that would seem to suggest he is participating in Nigeria's new era that began in 1999," he added, referring to the year that military rule ended in Africa's most populous nation.