By Taiwo Adebowale
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el Rufai’s recent rhetoric threatening to dish out the Jamal Kashoggi ‘body bag’ treatment to foreigners who dare to intervene in the forthcoming general elections may have elicited a response from the U.S. authorities.
In a statement it posted on the State Department website, the U.S. Secretaty of State, Mike Pompeo said those who interfere in the electoral process or incite violence must be held to account.
According to the statement, the United States government has declared support for the conduct of a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the Nigerian people.
Secretary Pompeo said it is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission operates free from outside pressure and intimidation and in a totally objective manner.
He also called on the Nigerian security services to provide a safe and secure environment for the Nigerian people to exercise their rights.
Finally, he identified the upcoming elections as an opportunity for Nigeria to solidify its place as a democratic leader in Africa.