The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Africa, Linda Thomas–Greenfield on Wednesday said that Nigeria deserved respect from global communities for conducting a credible presidential poll.

She made this known in Abuja during an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Thomas–Greenfield  said that Nigeria had proven to the world its credibility and worth as a nation of prized values.

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“Nigeria has just had a positive election and has proven to the world that it can transit from one government to the other without disintegration,” she said.

The US scribe also believes that Nigeria is on the path to her greatness.

She also  said that President Goodluck Jonathan had placed himself as one of the heroes in the Africa Hall of Fame by graciously conceding defeat after the election.

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Greenfield , who expressed satisfaction at the just concluded election , said that “the legacy of President Jonathan will not be forgotten in a hurry.”

She  urged other African leaders to emulate  Jonathan by ensuring that peaceful and credible democracy thrives in their countries.

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The US official also reminded Nigerians that elections are not over yet adding that the remaining elections at the state and house assemblies should be as peaceful as the presidential and National Assembly elections.

“Elections are not over yet . I expect Nigerians to remain calm and peaceful throughout all the remaining elections”, she said.