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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Buhari Agenda is in Line with Our Own - USA

The Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Mr Nathan Holt on  Tuesday said that the Agenda of the Buhari led Administration  (Fighting Corruption, Terrorism and  Growing the Economy)  is in line with that of the USA Expectation.

Mr. Holt made this remark on Tuesday from Washington DC through a Teleconference on the topic of ‘Nigeria, a critical U.S. partner’.

He said, “In 2015, Nigeria had a very important election. It elected Muhammadu Buhari as president.

“This represented the first time in Nigerian history that there was a peaceful, democratic transfer of power from one party to an opposition party.

“It was a milestone not only for Nigeria but really for Africa as a whole.

“President Buhari’s electoral platform was that he wanted to fight insecurity, particularly the depredations of Boko Haram and other forces in the northeast.

“He wanted to grow the Nigerian economy, create jobs for its growing population, and he wanted to fight corruption.

“Well, the nice thing about that agenda is that it meshes very well with our own.

“That is – those are areas of focus that very much are consistent with U.S. interests in Nigeria. We too want to partner with Nigeria and its neighbours to fight terrorism.

“We too support private-sector-led economic growth. And we are very much in favour of President Buhari’s campaign against corruption,” the U.S. envoy on African Affairs, said.
Mr Holt also spoke on his country's humanitarian work in the Lake Chad Basin  region and pledged a continued robust U.S. assistance to Nigeria and other countries in West Africa.

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Credit: NAN

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