The United States government says the upcoming general elections in Nigeria in 2019 remains a top priority.

America’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said this during a briefing ahead of his planned trip to Africa from Tuesday, March 6 to 13.

He noted that the United States recognizes Nigeria would be the third most populous country in the world by 2050.

As such it is worried about the complex political, ethnic and security concerns the Nigerian government is currently faced with.

“As we look at the 2019 elections, obviously Nigeria, though it’s not this year – it’s going to be next year – that really is a major priority focus, because that’s going to be the third most populous country in the world by 2050.

“It has really very complex political issues and ethnic and tribal issues and security issues. And that’s an area that we really are focusing on how to do a peaceful transition, a democratic transition, but more important is how to hold governments accountable to the people,” the state department said.

The trip will be Tillerson’s first to Africa.

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