Increase humanitarian effort in N/east – Entwistle
The outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, has urged the federal government and international partners to increase humanitarian efforts in the North east.
The envoy who spoke at the 240th US independence anniversary celebration in Abuja at the weekend, said the situation in the region required urgent attention as displaced persons were dying of starvation in their own country.
Entwistle reiterated his country’s commitment to continued support of Nigeria in its ongoing effort to end the Boko Haram insurgency, secure and rebuild ravaged communities.
The envoy also assured of US support against corruption by ensuring that no looted funds were laundered through its banking system.
He also noted that his government was offering technical assistance and training of investigators and prosecutors of Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies.
On the outcome of 2015 general elections, he said Nigerians demonstrated their commitment to democracy.
“Not just the political freedom you exercised last year, but freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom from sickness, and freedom from corruption,” Entwistle said, describing Nigeria and US as “two great democracies” working together to make the world a better place.