The United States government on Friday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election, and the Nigerian people for their generally peaceful conduct.
In a statement in Washington D.C., Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, said the election was credible despite pockets of violence and irregularities.
“We note the assessments of international and domestic observer missions affirming the overall credibility of the election, despite localized violence and irregularities,” he wrote in a statement.
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A pro-democracy group in Nigeria on Thursday urged President Donald Trump not to congratulate Buhari, saying he stole an election he lost. Mr Trump has not personally congratulated Buhari.
“The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria on a successful presidential election, and President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election. We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the election and condemn those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process,” Secretary Pompeo said.
“We also congratulate all the other candidates for their peaceful participation in the electoral process.
“We call on all Nigerians to ensure successful state elections next week. Going forward, the United States remains committed to working together with Nigeria to achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations,” he added.