Unic Press UK: The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has denied the reports by several Nigeria-based media outfits that it predicted that the incumbent President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari would win the forthcoming 2019 Presidential Election.
In a press announcement ‘Correcting a Media Error: USIP Makes No Prediction on Nigerian Election’, which was made Tuesday, the USIP emphasized that its work on elections is confined to assisting countries to avoid electoral violence.
“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. A Nigerian news account mis-reported this passage as a USIP prediction of the outcome, and other Nigerian news organizations repeated the error.” (USIP)