Lagos - President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the role played by the United States in the holding of historic elections in Nigeria.
Buhari gave a glowing tribute to the American country during a meeting with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Washington.
“As the United States’ message sent to the previous administration was clean and clear that the United States would not accept anything extra-constitutional, that prepared the minds of Nigerians to back us and to arrive where we are today,” said Buhari.
He said Nigeria would remain grateful to the United States, to the President, Barack Obama, and to the Secretary of State.
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“He saw the president then (Goodluck Jonathan), he saw the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, and he saw the opposition.
And by the day, the United States maintained pressure on the government, the law enforcement agencies, and the election officials to make sure that the election was free and fair.”
He also pointed out the role of technology in the outcome of the poll.
“We thank God, we thank the United States, we thank technology for the introduction of a permanent voter’s card and reader cards made so much difference from previous elections,” Buhari said.
The elections Nigeria held in March were historic. It was the first time a sitting President was defeated in an election since the advent of democracy in 1999.
- CAJ News