United States Secretary of State John Kerry has said on Sunday that the United States will deny visa for perpetrators of violence in the next elections saying that “it is absolutely critical that these elections are conducted peacefully.”
Kerry was in Nigeria to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan who is running for a second term. He also met with the presidential candidate of the opposition, General Muhammadu Buhari. He met with both candidates in Lagos.
Recall that about 800 people were killed and 65,000 displaced in three days rioting after the last election in 2011. “Perpatrators of such violence would not be welcome in the United States of America,” Kerry said.
He also countered remarks by the National Security Adviser’s call for the postponement of the election by saying “it is imperative that Nigeria holds its elections on time.”