John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry has scheduled a visit to Nigeria on Sunday to meet with the country’s two leading presidential candidates whose supporters have been threatening fire and brimstone across the country as February elections approach. Kerry is expected to drum the need for free, fair and peaceful elections.

The State Department said today that Kerry will be in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, on Sunday, and will emphasize the importance of ensuring the elections are peaceful and credible.

A statement from the Department confirmed that the secretary will meet with incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and main opposition candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerian electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come out to confirm, amidst the call for postponement of the February elections as engineered by the nation’s security adviser, Colonel Dasuki (RTD.) that elections will go ahead as scheduled. 9myad]