As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general election, the United States says it’s major priority now is to see a peaceful transition, as the country occupies a strategic position in Africa.
The United State Department of State said this during a background briefing on the first trip of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Africa, monitored by NAN, in New York.
The department said over two decades ago, the number of countries in Africa with really democratically elected government were really very few only three or four.
It said, however, now we had over two dozen African countries with democratically elected governments and which are hopefully not going to have transitions in government through coup d’etats and other illegal methods.
The department explained that obviously, a lot of those African countries were still fragile democracies and the U.S. was trying to strengthen them.
The US commended the most recent elections in Liberia, saying it was the first open, fair, and peaceful transition of governments in over 75 years, saying that it is a good thing.