Buhari: US helped sta­bilise Nige­ria

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari yes­ter­day de­scribed the United States’ sup­port be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions as vi­tal to Nige­ria’s sta­bil­ity.

He spoke while re­ceiv­ing the out­go­ing US Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Mr James En­twistle at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja.

The pres­i­dent said the US in­sis­tence on free, fair and vi­o­lent-free elec­tions largely con­trib­uted to the deep­en­ing of democ­racy in Nige­ria.

“The U.S sup­port be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the 2015 elec­tions was vi­tal to Nige­ria’s sta­bil­ity and I will never for­get the role they played in the sta­bil­ity of Nige­ria,” he said.

Buhari also said Nige­ria was lucky to have had a chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) who was com­pe­tent and coura­geous.

“Mr Am­bas­sador, you oc­cu­pied a po­si­tion at a very strate­gic time in Nige­ria’s his­tory and I hope our his­to­ri­ans will record this be­cause it meant so much for our sta­bil­ity. I hope you write a book on your ex­pe­ri­ence in Nige­ria. The com­mit­ment of U.S in sup­port­ing Nige­ria has been un­prece­dented,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Buhari also thanked the Amer­i­cans for their mil­i­tary, in­tel­li­gence and hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port to Nige­ria on the on­go­ing fight against the Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

He said Nige­ria also val­ued Amer­ica’s con­tri­bu­tions to pro­mot­ing re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity through the in­stru­men­tal­ity of the G7.

Also while re­ceiv­ing the out­go­ing High Com­mis­sioner of Canada to Nige­ria, Am­bas­sador Perry Calder­wood yes­ter­day, Buhari com­mended the gov­ern­ment of Canada on hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to Nige­ri­ans dis­placed by the in­sur­gency in the North-east as well as their com­mit­ment to po­lio erad­i­ca­tion in the coun­try.

In their sep­a­rate re­marks, En­twistle and Calder­wood ex­pressed con­cern on the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in the North-east with loom­ing re­ports of food cri­sis and mal­nu­tri­tion.

En­twistle said bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Nige­ria and the US had re­mained very vi­brant and cor­dial, not­ing that he had a mar­vel­lous three and a half years in Nige­ria.

Calder­wood con­veyed Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s de­sire to strengthen ties with Nige­ria in Canada’s quest for part­ner­ship on in­ter­na­tional en­gage­ments, in­clud­ing its bid for a non-per­ma­nent seat in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil from 2021 to 2022.

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