The US government while responding to an allegation by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan that former US President Barack Obama was responsible for his loss at the polls said the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2015 Presidential election was the will of Nigerians.
Jonathan in a book titled ‘Against the Run of Play,’ written by the Chairman, Editorial Board of ThisDay, Olusegun Adeniyi had alleged that the US, United Kingdom and France conspired to ensure he loses the election.
He was quoted to have said; “President Barack Obama and his officials made it very clear to me by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and we’re ready to do anything to achieve that purpose. They even brought some naval ships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the election.
“I got on well with Prime Minister David Cameron but at some point, I noticed that the Americans were putting pressure on him and he had to join them against me. But I didn’t realise how far President Obama was prepared to go to remove me until France caved in to the pressure from America.
“But weeks to the election, he had also joined the Americans in supporting the opposition against me.”
However, while responding, US embassy Spokesman, Russel Brooks said the country advocated a free and fair election.
He said; “The US advocated a free, fair and transparent election. The election outcome was an expression of the will of the Nigerian people,”.