US congratulates Nigeria president-elect, calls for calm

US congratulates Nigeria president-elect, calls for calm

The US has congratulated Nigerian President-elect Bola Tinubu and citizens following the just-concluded general elections.

“This competitive election represents a new period for Nigerian politics and democracy,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

The State Department called on the electoral body to improve on the highlighted issues before the 11 March gubernatorial elections, noting that Nigerians were right to expect them to do better.

It also urged all parties to avoid “violence or inflammatory rhetoric at this critical time” and “seek to resolve any disputes through legal channels.”

Bola Tinubu, 70, was declared the winner of the 25 February election with 37% of the vote but opposition parties have disputed the results and promised to challenge the results in court.

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