United States Of America Secretary Of State, John Kerry, Says His Country Has Got A Read And Willing Partner In President Muhammadu Buhari
The United States of America has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a ‘ready and willing’ partner in the export and implementation of its vision in Nigeria. Speaking at an audience with President Buhari, US Secretary of State (Foreign Minister) John Kerry, stated that his country was happy that it eventually got a willing partner who it would work with to implement its visions in Nigeria.
According to him, the US has a lot of interest in Nigeria. He however refused to disclose any of such interest. But The Union recalls that US is Nigeria’s biggest trade partner in sub-Saharan Africa. Kerry also pledged his country’s assistance to Buhari in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency adding that US would also work closely with Nigeria on other regional issues.
He said: “Nigeria is an extraordinarily important country, and we have very, very important interests together. We have pledged with the President’s meeting yesterday to work very closely on economic development, on the economy, on counterterrorism, on regional issues, but very importantly also, to join together in an effort to do a better job of taking on Boko Haram.
The president is deeply committed to this endeavor”. Kerry also said Buhari’s military background would be needed to tackle Boko Haram as well as other economic issues. According to him “he has a military background. He has himself been in combat. He has led the armed forces of his country and he knows what this is going to take.
So we have a ready and willing partner, and we look forward to developing our counterterrorism and our counter- Boko Haram plans even as we also work on energy development, on education, health, and other issues within the country”. He expressed delight at Buhari’s visit saying “We’re delighted to welcome the president here to Washington.
He’s brought a very significant delegation with a number of governors. That’s very important to the ability to put in reforms, and I might mention the president is deeply committed to tackling the problem of corruption, which has prevented the country from doing many of the developmental and other initiatives that are on the table”.
Commenting, President Buhari thanked the US government for the pressure it put on Nigeria to ensure his election. He said: “I am very pleased to get this opportunity to thank the Secretary of State because his visit to Nigeria, which he’s just referred to, since his visit seemed like a friend to Nigeria.
As the United States’ message sent to the previous administration was clean and clear that the United States would not accept anything extra-constitutional that prepared the minds of Nigerians to back us and to arrive where we are today. “Nigeria will remain very grateful to the United States, to the President, and to the Secretary of State.
He saw the president then, he saw the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, and he saw the opposition. And by the day, the United States maintained pressure on the government, the law enforcement agencies, and the election officials to make sure that the election was free and fair. “We thank God, we thank the United States, we thank technology for the introduction of a permanent voter’s card and reader cards made so much difference from previous elections. I thank you very much, Secretary. Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen of the press”, he added.