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US Secretary Of States Urges Nigerians To Avoid Post-election Violence

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that the international community is watching Nigeria, adding that, peaceful and timely elections were vital in Nigeria, where the country is battling a deadly insurgency by Boko Haram.

“It is absolutely critical that this election can be conducted peacefully. The international community is paying very close attention to this election,” he said on a visit to Lagos.

Boko Haram violence in Nigeria’s far northeast has raised concerns about the ability to hold the February 14 vote on time but Kerry said it was “imperative that elections happen on time, as scheduled”.

Kerry noted that the United States is ready to go further to help Nigeria defeat Boko Haram militants, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, pledging Washington’s continued support for the counter-insurgency.

“We will continue absolutely to support the (Nigerian) military in this fight. Boko Haram continues to kill scores of innocent civilians,” he said on a visit to Lagos, condemning recent attacks.

Kerry, who met President Goodluck Jonathan and his main rival in next month’s elections, said the United States was “deeply engaged” with Nigeria but added: “We are prepared to do more.”

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