US Commends Jonathan, Buhari Over Non-violence Pact

The United States, US Embassy in Nigeria has commended President Goodluck Jonathan, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Muhammadu Buhari candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the main opposition party for signing a non-violence pact ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

All the Presidential candidates of the various political parties met and signed a violence-free agreement titled, “Abuja Accord,” on January 13 with a commitment to refrain from violence inclined actions or comments, before, during and after the elections.

In a statement issued on Friday, the embassy urged all political leaders and candidates to follow that same line of action in order to ensure a violence free elections in the country.

“We encourage all candidates and political leaders across Nigeria to make similar pledges. We remain committed to working with Nigeria to strengthen its democratic institutions in the years to come,” the US said.

Reiterating its commitment to working with Nigeria to strengthen its democratic process and institutions, the US pledged its readiness to “continue to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its crucial task of achieving transparent, credible, inclusive, and non-violent elections in February.”

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