Bombshell: US Says Nigeria Has Complex Political and Security Issues
Posted on March 30, 2018 || By: Global News
The United States of America’s Department of State, has confessed that Nigeria has a “really very complex political issues, ethnic, tribal and security issues,” adding that the 2019 general election and a peaceful transition, remained its major priority in view of the country’s strategic position in the region.
The Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson reminisced that over two decades ago, the number of countries in Africa with really democratically elected government were really very few – only three or four. But right now, there are 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.
“As we look at the elections, obviously Nigeria, though it’s not this year – it’s going to be next year – that really is a major priority focus, because that’s going to be the third most populous country in the world by 2050. It has really very complex political issues, ethnic, tribal and security issues.
“And that’s an area that we really are focusing on how to do a peaceful transition, a democratic transition, but more important is how to hold governments accountable to the people.
However, the U.S. 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 is a good thing.
“We regret the horrendous rule of Charles Taylor and the degradation of the institutions there, but now we’re going back and they’re building and I think with the election of George Weah that’s going to be a positive thing”.