The United States Consulate in Nigeria, has responded to allegations contained in ‘My Transition Hours’, a book written by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan claimed that former American President, Barack Obama, meddled in the 2015 Presidential elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former president even claimed that Obama released a video shortly before the election, asking Nigerians to “open a new chapter”.

However, in a live chat on Facebook, the Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate General Lagos, Russell Brooks, described Jonathan’s claims as a “mischaracterisation”.

Brooks said, “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.”


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