An American Congressman, Gerald Connolly, has described Nigeria’s election as a sham and not credible, claiming the elections were manipulated.
At an interactive session on Friday with constituents from Virginia who paid him a visit on Capitol Hill, the congressman had been asked questions about Nigeria and Venezuela.
International human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, asked the lawmaker what the US was doing about ISIS relocation to Nigeria where they abducted Leah Sharibu and the recent presidential elections.
Responding, Connolly, who is a Democrat, said that many observers agree that the Nigerian elections were not credible.
“There were a lot of observers who would agree with you that the recent presidential/National Assembly elections were a sham and were not honest and did not produce legitimate results. Are there enough people who care about that to speak out? …We have to do a better job of paying much more attention to Africa… Africa is going to be the continent of the future,” he said.
The congressman lamented the activities of Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups on the African continent and said the US was not paying adequate attention to Africa.
He also raised concerns on growing Chinese influence in the region.