By Ngozi Ekhator
A United States-based anti-violence institute, U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Wednesday denied predicting victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s presidential election in Nigeria as widely published few days ago.
The institute, in a statement, titled: “Correcting a Media Error: USIP Makes No Prediction on Nigerian Election”, said as an organisation, it remained non-partisan.
Details of the statement…
A few Nigerian newspapers reported erroneously this week that the U.S. Institute of Peace has made a prediction about the possible outcome of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election. USIP never makes predictions about election outcomes and has not done so in this case. The Institute’s 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. 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.
The United States Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Avenue,
NW, Washington, DC 20037,
November 6, 2018