The United States has stated that it is not supporting any presidential candidate in Nigeria’s forthcoming elections, even as it cautioned against violence, saying election is not war.
The comment was made by the US consul general, John Braide, while speaking at a ‘Vote not Fight’ sensitization campaign peace concert organized by Media Awareness and Justice Initiative (MAJI), in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Sunday, January 27, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Braide advised the electorate to use their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to elect credible leaders during the February 16 and March 2 elections. He also described Nigerians as lucky people.
He said: “We are not here (in Nigeria) to support any candidate. We are here to support free, fair, credible and transparent election in Nigeria. Election is not war.”
Also present at the event was the Rivers state commissioner of police, Usman Belel, who advised Nigerian youths to ignore the destructive overtures of gullible politicians to use them to cause crisis during the elections.
He pointed out that over 70 percent of Nigerian voters are youths and advised that they “do not destroy your tomorrow today”.