Barack Obama 7 important things US President said in election message to Nigerians

Obama urged Nigerians to ensure that the polls, which are set to hold on March 28 and April 11, are free, fair and peaceful.

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US President, Barack Obama on Monday, March 23, sent a message to Nigerians ahead of the country's upcoming general elections.

Obama urged Nigerians to ensure that the polls, which are set to hold on March 28 and April 11, are free, fair and peaceful.

Here are 7 important things he said in the message:

  1. Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you’ve made. Together, you won your independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions.

  2. For elections to be credible, they must be free, fair and peaceful. All Nigerians must be able to cast their votes without intimidation or fear.

  3. I call on all leaders and candidates to make it clear to their supporters that violence has no place in democratic elections—and that they will not incite, support or engage in any kind of violence—before, during, or after the votes are counted.

  4. I call on all Nigerians to peacefully express your views and to reject the voices of those who call for violence.

  5. Successful elections and democratic progress will help Nigeria meet the urgent challenges you face today.

  6. Boko Haram—a brutal terrorist group that kills innocent men, women and children—must be stopped. Hundreds of kidnapped children deserve to be returned to their families. Nigerians who have been forced to flee deserve to return to their homes.

  7. I’m told that there is a saying in your country: “to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done.” Today, I urge all Nigerians—from all religions, all ethnic groups, and all regions—to come together and keep Nigeria one.

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