2023: Joe Biden Says US Stands With Nigeria On Charting More Prosperous Future
US President Joe Biden has encouraged Nigerians to go out and exercise their right to vote as the country prepares for a general election.
In a statement on Thursday, Biden expressed his country’s support for peaceful and transparent elections in Nigeria.
The US president also commended presidential candidates in Nigeria for signing a peace accord to accept the results of the election.
He said by signing the pledge, the parties and candidates have committed to accepting the results of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and to support a peaceful transition of power.
“Elections are a fundamental part of a functioning democracy, and all Nigerians deserve this chance to choose their future — freely and fairly,” Biden said.
“While the United States does not support any single candidate or party, we strongly support a peaceful and transparent process that reflects the will of the people of Nigeria.
“On election day, I encourage all Nigerians — no matter their religion, region, or ethnicity — to exercise this fundamental freedom and make their voices heard — including young voters, many of whom may be heading to the ballot box for the first time.
“The United States stands with the Nigerian people as they chart a path toward a more democratic, prosperous, and secure future.
“I appreciate President Buhari’s firm commitment that the will of the people will be respected.
“And in the coming days, I encourage voters to remain peaceful and patient as their ballots are tallied, and urge the political parties and candidates to live up to their pledge.”