BARACK OBAMA IS ACCUSED, SAYS US DIPLOMAT
EX-PRESIDENT JONATHAN IN THE BOOK ACCUSED FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYS US DIPLOMAT
Brooks said this on Tuesday during a live chat in Lagos which was aired on the official Facebook handle of US Embassy.
Ex-President Jonathan in the book accused former U.S. president, Barack Obama, of displaying an unusual level of bias during Nigeria’s presidential election in 2015.
This was after Obama released a video and subtly appealed to Nigerians to vote a particular candidate.
Russell said, “In that video, Obama urged Nigerians to open the ‘next chapter’ by their votes. Those who understood subliminal language deciphered that he was prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition to form a new government.”
“It was mischaracterised in the book about what President Obama or his administration did in Nigeria. Mischaracterisation here refers to not understanding 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.”