Abuja - The United States National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, has underscored the importance of transparent and inclusive elections in Nigeria.
She also highlighted the critical need for the Nigerian security forces to remain apolitical while providing security during polls.
Her spokesperson, Bernadette Meehan, said the sentiments followed Rice's meeting with Nigerian Minister of Defense, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau.
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"Ambassador Rice noted Nigeria’s upcoming presidential elections on March 28 and echoed President (Barack) Obama’s message to the Nigerian people earlier this week," Meehan said.
Meanwhile, Rice noted recent progress Nigeria and its neighbors had achieved in the campaign against Boko Haram.
She reaffirmed the United States’ support for a regional campaign to counter the terrorist group while respecting human rights and addressing the underlying causes of Boko Haram’s founding and territorial expansion.
- CAJ News