United States President Joe Biden has urged Nigerians to exercise their civil rights by voting for their preferred candidate in Saturday’s presidential election.
Biden also commended participating parties and their presidential candidates for signing a peace deal yesterday ahead of the Feb. 25 presidential and Capitol elections.
The President of the United States in his statement said, by signing the pledge political parties and their candidates would accept the election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission and support the peaceful transition of power.
According to Biden’s statement released by the US Consulate General,
“elections are a fundamental part of a functioning democracy, and all Nigerians deserve this chance to choose their future — freely and fairly.
“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.
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