WorldStage Newsonline– The United States Institute of Peace has reacted to a report in few Nigerian newspapers where it said it was erroneously quoted as predicting the possible outcome of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election.
USIP in a statement said it never made such predictions as its work on elections is confined to helping nations avoid electoral violence.
“The erroneous news accounts misrepresent USIP’s recent 20-page report on the risks to a peaceful 2019 election in Nigeria,” the statement said.
“This study is based on interviews across the country with more than 200 Nigerian respondents—election administrators, political party representatives, security officials, civil society and youth groups, the media, traditional and religious leaders, prominent community figures, business people, academics and others.
“The USIP report noted that, in the interviews, “some respondents” discussed their own views of Nigerian public perceptions about an election outcome. A Nigerian news account mis-reported this passage as a USIP prediction of the outcome, and other Nigerian news organizations repeated the error.
“As USIP is a strictly nonpartisan institution, its work on elections focuses entirely on preventing violence.”