Africa

America will not interfere with Nigeria’s electoral process, says envoy

nigeria-votingThe United States of America will not interfere with the electoral process in Nigeria, but will only advice on how to conduct credible elections in 2011 general elections, deputy assistant secretary for Africa on public diplomacy, Bruce Wharton has said.

Mr Wharton, who paid a visit to Freedom Radio, a Kano- based station, at the weekend said even though America is truly interested in the conduct of the 2011 election in Nigeria, the country will rather help in the process of ensuring a genuine, free, fair and credible election.

He said Nigeria occupies an important position in America’s foreign policy and that is why his country is ready to offer serious help on the process of ensuring a credible election.

Mr Wharton noted that the main concern of the United States is for every Nigerian to be able to cast his/her votes come 2011 devoid of any threat so that the outcome of the election will be a source of pride not only to the country but to the international community.

“As I’m talking to you now, Nigeria’s survival is paramount to the United States because of its important position in Africa and including global political and economic development,” he said. “Along the line, I find Kano a very conducive and peaceful state and I can conveniently talk about that and we are impressed.”

Strong listernership

Mr. Wharton, who described Freedom Radio’s fast growth as something worthy of recognition and commendation, said his country is ready to work with the station to enlighten the Nigerian populace on their political rights.

The Managing Director of the Freedom Radio, Faruk Dalhatu, said the station’s signal reaches over 30 million people across most of northern Nigeria.

Mr. Dalhatu said the station has so far hosted various dignitaries from the US Embassy and has a programme, “good morning America”, which is sponsored by the American government as one of its programmes on transmission. He said the aim of the programme is to educate the listeners on the cultures of Nigeria and the United States of America.

“Right now we have two stations, one in Kano and another in Dutse, Jigawa State and we are planning to open others in Kaduna, Lagos, and many other states,” he said

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