Polls: Our eyes are on you -Obama, ECOWAS (Video)
President of the United States, Barack Obama, and leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have stated their interests in the forthcoming polls, noting that the Nigerian elections are of interest to the international community.
Obama in a video posted on Monday on the White House official website, called on President Goodluck Jonathan and the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to warn their supporters against committing any violent act in the coming polls.
Obama also did not fail to call for the safe rescue of the more than 200 kidnapped Chibok girls by Boko Haram.
He further said, “I call on all Nigerians to peacefully express your views and to reject the voices of those who call for violence. And when elections are free and fair, it is the responsibility of all citizens to help keep the peace, no matter who wins”.
Also, ECOWAS Chairman, President John Mahama of Ghana and the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Desire-Kadre Ouedraogo, met with President Jonathan at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and later in the day, with his main contender, Gen. Buhari (retd.) at a different venue in the nation’s capital.
A similar meeting is expected to also be held with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
“This election is of interest, not only to Nigerians but also to the international community. ECOWAS, as a regional organisation, cannot but be interested in the smooth conduct of the polls. That’s why the leadership is engaging in this last-minute interventions,” a top government official said.
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March 24, 2015 at 8:04 am
nice speech president obama
March 24, 2015 at 9:22 am
Mr President, why are you just putting your mouth in our matter? You were visiting African countries. Minimal input into our security issues- just using people to send messages to us. Why is it just now that you are deciding to send us a video? Whats the aim with this video?