The United States of America has condemned the voter intimidation and suppression that took place during the just concluded elections in Nigeria.
In a statement released by the US embassy, the US diplomatic mission said that they witnessed some of these incidents during elections first-hand.
The statement read in parts: “The use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.
“We commend all Nigerian political actors, religious and community leaders, youth, and citizens who have chosen to reject and speak out against such violence and inflammatory language, affirming Nigerians’ commitment to and respect for the democratic process.”
The US government added that the authorities should bring to book the perpetrators who intimidate voters and suppress voting during the election process.
It said: “The United States likewise will consider all available actions, including additional visa restrictions, on individuals believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Nigeria.”