Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told Senators the U.S. government is looking to Nigeria's leaders to see that there is a 'successful' election in 2011, and he said the Independent National Electoral Commission "has not served Nigeria well."
Witnesses at Senate hearing were (left to right) Nuhu Ribadu, former head of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), John Campell, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, and Peter Lewis, director of the African Studies Program at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
Ribadu, who is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), told the Senators that the rule of law is essential for Nigeria's future.
Senate Africa Subcommittee chair Russell Feingold (Democrat-Wisconsin) speaks with Ribadu, who told the Senators "the international community, and the U.S. in particular, the must play a crucial role in ensuring that Nigeria seizes the opportunity of this moment to get back on track."
Feingold speaks with Ambassador John Campbell, Africa Policy Studies fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who said that each of the three Nigerian elections over the past decade has been worse than the previous one.
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