In­crease hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­fort in N/east – En­twistle

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

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.

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