The Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, spoke on Wednesday with President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the March 28 presidential election.
Biden commended President Jonathan and General Buhari for signing the Abuja Accord in mid-January as a show of their commitment to non-violence throughout the election process.
He further expressed the United States’ support for the Independent National Electoral Commission and its work to deliver free, fair and credible elections, in part through its essential efforts to distribute the Permanent Voter Cards and help ensure that electronic voter card readers are in place and fully operational.
He also noted his concern about the violence during some recent election-related events and reiterated the need for both candidates to make clear that such violence has no place in democratic elections.
Biden affirmed that the United States stands with the Nigerian people in support of credible and peaceful elections and will continue to stand with the Nigerian people whatever the outcome.