Wednesday, 12 March 2014

United States Fears Boko Haram Onslaught May Hamper 2015 Elections

The United States Consular-General in Nigeria, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins has expressed fears that Boko Haram terrorist activities in the northern part of Nigeria may hamper the 2015 polls.

Mr. Hawkins however assured that the U.S. will continue to support Nigerian government to fight the terrorist group. The diplomat opined during an interactive session with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, South West Nigeria, that the U.S. government had given in form of aid the sum of $15 million to the Nigerian government to strengthen the electoral process.

He expressed optimism that the 2015 elections will mark the watershed of credible election in Nigeria if the stakeholders can eschew violence. Mr. Hawkins decried the killings of innocent school students in Yobe State by Boko Haram and described the activities of the religious sect as worrisome that may mar the conduct of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria if not checked.

He also commended the Federal Government’s efforts for deploying military to engage the terrorists group, stressing that the war against terrorism was a must-win for the country to secure lives and property of the citizenry.

Culled from:
Guardian Newspaper Nigeria