As the 2015 general elections approach, Robert Jackson, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (PDAS) for African Affairs, recently concluded a visit to Nigeria meeting with government, business, and civil society representatives in an effort to continue strengthening the U.S.-Nigeria partnership.
On October 28, PDAS Jackson met with Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and discussed the commission’s preparations for the 2015 general elections.
In his remarks, PDAS Jackson assured Chairman Jega of U.S. support towards holding credible, free, and fair elections that Nigerians deserve in 2015. “My government is very committed to helping with the coming elections and we stand with Nigeria for free, fair, non-violent elections,” Jackson said.
At the Ministry of Power, PDAS Jackson met with Professor Chinedu Nebo to discuss Nigeria’s energy needs as a beneficiary of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, a new approach to development that builds local capacity and supports innovative ways to make traditional energy assistance programs more effective and sustainable.
PDAS Jackson also held meetings with the national chairmen of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democracy Party. In these meetings, PDAS Jackson exchanged views on how political parties can support and strengthen democracy in Nigeria through free, fair and violence-free elections in 2015.
PDAS Jackson also visited Lagos to meet entertainment industry representatives, U.S. government exchange program alumni, and Nigerian entrepreneurs.
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