Elections: U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry,  in Nigeria to meet Buhari, Jonathan

John Kerry, U.S Secretary of States

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, is expected in Nigeria ahead of the country’s general election, an agency report has indicated.

According to Associated Press, AP, Mr. Kerry will make a stop-over in Lagos on Sunday to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, respectively.

The meeting with the two leading candidates in the upcoming presidential election shows deep U.S. concerns about post-election violence in the country that is already devastated by Boko Haram insurgents.

Mr. Kerry’s brief visit is a departure from the U.S. policy that disallow its senior officials from visiting countries about to hold elections, to avoid the perception of supporting one candidate against another.

This is the first time a chief American diplomat is visiting the country since 2012.
State Department officials are quoted as saying that Mr. Kerry will hold separate talks with President Jonathan and his leading opponent, Mr.  Buhari, a former Army general.

The secretary of state previously has paid similar visits to countries struggling with instability including Lebanon in 2009 and Iraq in 2005.

Briefing reporters Saturday, senior state department officials were quoted to have said Mr. Kerry will appeal to Mr. Jonathan and Mr. Buhari to accept the result of the Feb. 14 election and instruct their supporters to refrain from violence.

A dispute over President Jonathan’s emergence in 2011 had sparked riots in some states in Northern Nigeria that resulted in the death of people including Bauchi, Kaduna and Kano.

The country’s election is coming amid an increasing attacks and kidnappings and destruction by Boko Haram insurgents especially in North-east Nigeria.

The spokesperson for Mr. Buhari’s campaign, Garba Shehu, confirmed told PREMIUM TIMES that the APC candidate was on his way to Lagos to meet Mr. Kerry.

Contacted, the Special Adviser to Mr. Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, also confirmed his boss’ appointment with the U.S. Secretary of State.

“Senator Kerry is meeting with President Jonathan at the State House, Marina at 2pm. today,” Mr. Abati said. “That’s all I can confirm.”


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  • Gbofia Lunar

    I’m sure the US government trust the APC lead Lagos state of Fashola more than the PDP’s corruption infested Abuja. Chai…! Wish I could see a video of GEJ’s very un-presidential and timid way of twiddling his thumbs as always as he responds to questions.

    • Sammy Charles

      You are disgusting

    • Amir

      What is Kerry coming to learn from a Port Harcourt Doctor whose army of friends include amnesty creek militants? OBJ said corruption is now sleeping in the bedroom of govt, do you think the Americans don’t read?

  • cbb

    Pls the PDP should be adressed on the issue of causing force alarm in the country, paying thugs to cause unwarranted destructions and laying accusations on other parties… It is baseless we were told earlier no nigerian blood is worth the re-election of Gej but now their body language is telling us that. One other issue that most be adressed is the fani kayode’s sycophancy and noise all over the country, can’t he jst eat silently jst the way others their do you don’t need to show goodluck you can tlk before you get paid after all we ve seen where the information minister has ended… And same u kani fayode videos were spread round how you went against same Gej. So pls they should shot that noise maker.

  • Diplomatic Diplomat!


    I have been young but now I am old, and I have never seen any country prosper after US meddled in their elections or internal affairs e.g. Libya, Syria, Egypt, South Sudan etc. But the reverse is true – China, Brazil, Norway, Canada, Zimbabwe, Cuba etc

    When US refuses to SELL weapons to Nigeria (to fight terrorists in the desert North) even when Nigeria is ready to pay hot CASH, but chooses to send 3 combat warships FREE of charge, one only wonders why a country can be so self centered and wicked. Choosing to send warships to an otherwise peaceful Niger Delta to protect US oil investments at the expense of hundreds of lives wasted by terrorists …lives which could have been saved had the right weapons be sold, smacks of mischief and satanic diplomacy for lack of a better adjective.

    Last week, over 2,000 were massacred in Baga. They could have lived if the Nigerian army had the attack Cobra Helicopters it sought to purchase. What did Kenery abi na Kerry say then? He should remain in US to ensure that the policemen who kill blacks like chickens are prosecuted. He is sure not needed here in Nigeria. Nonsense!

    • Maku

      Raw Ijaw mentality. Education without attitude. Na wao.

  • Omo Odua

    Why the meeting holding in Lagos? This is how low pdp sinks our nation. A minister visiting your country suppose to come to you, not you meet him in another town, not only that, but dictated by the visitor! Sorry Nigeria

    • Yeye Fowl

      So you deleted the comment? and you think you are invisible.

  • Jumoke

    Kerry actually wanted to see Buhari who is an alumni of the highly respected US war college. But will say hello to the Port Harcout Doctor just for courtesy. He avoided Abuja so as not to be infected with the corruption virus.

    • Tunid

      …dont worri, Buhari will be the President of United North & West of Nigeria while Dr Jonathan will be the president of South & East.

      I hope u are still there!

      • Jumoke

        You cannot lead your elder brother if you have culture. The Igbos have tolerated so much rant from some people who now see themselves as SS. Even in South East the Port Harcourt Doctor have no chance.

  • truthseeker

    Very well written. Thumbs up

  • Egbu Yugo

    On point.