The United States government says it is currently compiling reports on the just concluded general elections in Nigeria with a view to giving a proper response on it.
The US Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy who said this in a telephone press conference on Tuesday said the country was actively involved with the political happenings in Nigeria, particularly regarding the 2019 election.
Nagy said during the build-up to the elections, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington and his team took several steps towards ensuring that the polls were conducted without any hitches.
The US official said during the pre-election period, in the election period and currently in the post- election period, the provided phenomenal guidance to Washington on how the US government should and should not respond to the election-related matters in Nigeria.
“So, just rest assured that the United States of America Embassy and the Consulate in Lagos are actively involved and are doing an absolutely superb job to monitor events and to provide guides on how Washington should react to whatever the events there are.
“As you know, our Secretary did make a telephone call. Prior to the Presidential and National Assembly election, the United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo was reported to have placed a call across to the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for a free, fair and credible election in the country while President Donald Trump called Buhari.
Recall that the US had threatened to place a visa ban on all persons involved in electoral violence.
“We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during or after the elections.
“We will not hesitate to consider consequences, including visa restrictions for those found to be responsible for election-related violence,” US had said.