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Statement by the President on the Nigerian Elections (April 1, 2015)

The last few days have shown the world the strength of Nigeria’s commitment to democratic principles.  By turning out in large numbers and sometimes waiting all day to cast their votes, Nigerians came together to decide the future of their country peacefully. I commend President Goodluck Jonathan and President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari for their public commitments ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (March 30, 2015)

Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on March 28.  The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders. So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process.  But there are disturbing indications that the collation process—where the votes are finally counted—may be subject ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on March 28. The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders. So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process—where the votes are finally counted—may be subject ...
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State Department #YALICHAT with Young African Leaders Goes Viral

Yesterday, using hashtag #YALICHAT, more than 12,000 people joined Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel (@Stengel) for the first in a series of live Twitter chats on the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Young African Leaders Network (YALN), briefly out-trending the ever popular hashtag #Beliebers worldwide. YALI is ...
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Nigeria: U.S. Government Assistance in Support of Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections (March 26, 2015)

Peaceful and credible elections are essential to Nigeria’s development.  And as the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria’s stability is crucial to the security and economic prosperity of its neighbors.  The United States seeks to support Nigeria’s leaders and its people in their efforts to build a multi-party democracy that addresses the aspirations of all ...
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