Be warned, America will punish you if you promote election violence

by Kolapo Olapoju

The United States, has warned that it would deny visa to any Nigerian thought or perceived to be complicit and/or believed to be sponsoring election violence in Nigeria.

According to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, any Nigerian who promotes any form of election violence during or after election remains ineligible for the country’s visa.

Kerry made the statement at a news conference in Lagos, on Sunday, January 25, shortly after meeting with presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Major General Mohammed Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan.

He stated that the US is making enormous investment to ensure credible elections take place in Nigeria.

While urging Nigerians to help make the elections free, fair and credible, Kerry also harped on the need to continue campaigning for progressive democratic rule in Nigeria.

He said: “The U.S. Government strongly believe in Nigeria having credible, free and fair elections come February 14. The US Government wants to say that any Nigerian who promotes any form of violence during the elections remains ineligible for U.S. visa.”

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