Nigeria 2023: Buhari warns US to stay out of elections

By Akin Irede
Posted on Wednesday, 4 May 2022 10:31

European Union - African Union summit in Brussels
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari at an EU- AU summit, in Belgium ,February 18, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool

Widely believed to have benefitted from tacit US support for his 2015 campaign, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is now the one warning western diplomats to stay out of next year's elections.

Buhari recently hosted foreign diplomats to a dinner where he admonished them to stay neutral in the 2023 race. The warning is rooted in persistent distrust of US intentions following a series of controversial interventions in the politics of Africa’s most populous country.

In March 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan was fighting the toughest battle of his 16-year political career. Since 1999, he had served as deputy governor, governor, vice president and then president, defeating a powerful cabal and influential northern elements along the way. Politically, he had seen and won it all. Or so he thought.