The United States is deeply disappointed by the decision to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, which had been scheduled for February 14. Political interference with the Independent National Electoral Commission is unacceptable, and it is critical that the government not use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process. The international community will be watching closely as the Nigerian government prepares for elections on the newly scheduled dates.
The United States underscores the importance of ensuring that there are no further delays. As I reaffirmed when I visited Lagos last month, we support a free, transparent, and credible electoral process in Nigeria and renew our calls on all candidates, their supporters, and Nigerian citizens to maintain calm and reject election-related violence.
This was sent to me on whatsapp though... Some alleged kidnappers in the Epe area of Lagos were caught just as they were trying to get away with their crime yesterday. it was alleged that the criminals consisting of one female and two men were apprehended by residents and stripped naked. Some of the people suggested setting the kidnappers on fire although it was not known if this threat was carried out as at the time of the report. In a related development, kidnappers from Delta and Enugu have been arrested in Calabar, Cross River state during a kidnapping operation. In a post and photos shared by APC TV via its social media page, it reported that residents apprehended the kidnappers after they had taken a victim. The kidnappers were stripped and possibly beaten while their vehicle was also destroyed. Nigerians reacted to the incidents with some noting that human ritual was usually on the rise towards the end of the year. Some however criticise