Edwin Clark, a former Federal Commissioner for Information during the First Republic and South-South leader has condemned the award of commendation given to Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC by the U.S.
Clark said the commendation was coming too soon and hasty since the Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections haven’t even held.
He therefore told the US to leave Nigeria alone. “I was surprised that Barack Obama gave Professor Attahiru Jega an award when the elections are still on. Obama should be tactful in handling the affairs of Africa. US should leave us alone, Nigeria is an Independent country. They tried it in Egypt, they should not try anything in Nigeria,” Clark said.
Obama had presented a Certificate of Commendation to Jega over the peaceful conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, which was held on Saturday, March 28th.
The ‘Certificate of Commendation’ was presented to Jega on behalf of the US government by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle. The ambassador said Jega’s performance with the election was “outstanding and worthy of emulation.”
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