US Consul Seeks Free, Fair Elections …Tasks Journalists On Coverage

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The United State Consul in Nigeria says it is committed for a free and fair elections in the country next year.
It however have tasked journalists on the role they play in engendering a violent and transparent elections.
Speaking on behalf of the US consul, Head of Public Affairs, Rusell Brooks in a chat with newsmen at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State last Tuesday said the consul is providing support to institutions in the country to deepen democratic experience.
Brooks said so far, it has provided funds, support and training for the army, police including other security agencies to strengthen security operations.
He explained that part of the support to security agencies was also to fight insurgency in the Northern part of the country, as he expressed the United States quest to end terrorism around the globe.
On the meeting with journalists, the United States Consul spokesman explained that it’s only the citizens that can transform the country’s democracy by ensuring that the leadership is accountable.
Brooks maintained that journalists have a very crucial role to play as watchdogs and information purveyors, and therefore urged them not to relent in ensuring that next year’s elections is well covered.
He said part of the support the US government provides for the citizenry is to encourage non-governmental organsiations, and civil society groups to be more proactive in participating in governance.
Brooks described democracy as a process which the people must actively participate in order to reap dividends of good governance.