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US Responds to Jonathan’s Book, Says He Mischaracterised Obama’s Role
US Says Jonathan's Book Mischaracterised Obama's Involvement in 2015 Elections
The former president has in his book: ‘My Transition Hours’, said that Obama’s support for Muhammadu Buhari could be seen in a video he had released, asking Nigerians to open a a new chapter.
In the book which was about Jonathan’s time in office, he added that Obama sent the then Secretary of State, John Kerry, to Nigeria on the eve of the election to protest against postponing the election.
In response to this, the Punch reports that in a live chat on Facebook, monitored by their correspondent, the public affairs officer at the US Consulate General Lagos, Russell Brooks, described Jonathan’s claims as a mischaracterisation.
“It was mischaracterised in the book about what President Obama or his administration did in Nigeria. The mischaracterisation here refers to not comprehending why we felt it was important for Nigeria to have a peaceful, free and fair election in 2015.
“And thereby people may not understand why we placed so much importance of having a peaceful, free and fair and transparent election in 2019.
“In the past, Nigeria’s elections had been beset by violence, there have been questions about the fairness of those elections. And we certainly believe that Nigeria can do better. In 2015, Nigeria did do better.
“There may have been some difficulties as they often times occur in elections whether here in Nigeria or in the United States. But Nigeria did do better and we believe Nigeria will continue to make progress,” he said.