US hails ‘successful’ Nigeria vote | 2019-03-02 |

US hails ‘successful’ Nigeria vote

2 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday congratulated Nigeria on a “successful” vote, which saw President Muhammadu Buhari re-elected after delayed polling blamed on logistical difficulties, reports AFP.

“We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the election and condemn those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

“We note the assessments of international and domestic observer missions affirming the overall credibility of the election, despite localized violence and irregularities.”

The United States has built political and economic relations with Nigeria since the restoration of democracy 20 years ago and in recent years has been especially involved in supporting its fight against Boko Haram jihadists.