Stuart Symington, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, has called for free and fair 2019 General elections .
Symington, in a goodwill video message, posted on the U.S. mission’s Twitter page on Tuesday said the coming elections is expected to be a remarkable experience for Nigerian citizens to express their will.
He also said the United States government hopes to see peaceful, free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria.
The ambassador urged Nigerians to work together by taking apart in the elections and making sure the votes are counted.
”These elections are a remarkable experience for every Nigerian and for every citizen to express their will.
”What the united states hope to see in your elections, in this year of 2019 are elections that are free fair and credible, transparent and above all peaceful.
”In this process, I know one thing, it is important for the citizens of Nigeria to personally take part beginning right now by making sure you know what your rights are,” he said.
He advised Nigerians not to be influenced by politicians and security forces ”in a manner that is not in accordance with the law.”
”On election day, you won’t affect unless you vote.
”It is important that you work together so that you make sure your vote is counted.
”As we get ready for your elections, one of the most important things is that there should be a level playing field meaning that no officials, no security forces, no electoral officials, no politicians seek to influence you in a way that is not consistent with Nigerian law.”
He urged Nigerians to defend their rights.
”There it is in a nutshell, one thing, know your rights; number two, vote and exercise them; number three, if you work for the government or if you work for a party make sure you remember that it is your responsibility to act consistently with the laws,” he said.
The Nigerian general elections begins on February 16 with the presidential and national assembly elections while the gubernatorial and state assemblies elections hold two weeks later on March 2.