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We Had No Hand In Your Defeat, Britain Replies Jonathan

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The British Government has denied involvement in any act, during Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election, which aided General Muhammadu Buhari to win then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

The government of Britain stated this in response to Jonathan’s claim in a new book launched on Friday “Against the Run of Play…,” that the country’s former Prime Minister David Cameron, worked concertedly with United States of America (USA) ex-President Barack Obama and France to ensure he was removed from office.

However, the British High Commission in Nigeria in a statement on Friday signed by the Press and Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Joe Abuku, said Britain should not be blamed for the outcome of the election, adding that it was entirely the decision of Nigerians.

The statement read, “Prior to the 2015 elections in Nigeria, the UK engaged with Nigerian political parties and their leaders to urge them to run a fair, non-violent campaign and allow Nigerian voters to decide who their future political leadership would be. We congratulated President Jonathan on having handed over power peacefully in 2015 having lost the Nigerian Presidential elections.

“The elections were a credit to the Nigerian people and a truly historic moment for Nigerian democracy. This process further strengthened Nigeria’s democratic tradition.

“The UK welcomes the assessment of independent observers, including the EU, that Nigeria’s elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with recognised international democratic norms, and that there was no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process.”

Earlier, the US had also exonerated itself from engaging in any act to have Jonathan removed as claimed by the former president in the book.

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