The U.S. “acknowledged the need for greater public diplomacy.”
The United States of America has advised the government of Nigeria to always provide adequate information to the people on the ongoing efforts to restore peace to the Northern part of the country.
The U.S. government’s advise was given by the under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, who led the U.S. delegation to the ninth meeting of the U.S.-Nigerian Bi-National Commission in Abuja on August 15.
A release from the Public Affairs Section of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, on Wednesday said Ms. Sherman “Acknowledged the need for greater public diplomacy: specifically the need to communicate that justice and accountability takes place, that training is ongoing and that the many things that are happening on the ground, provide hope to people and reduce the recruitment of additional extremists”.
The release added that Ms. Sherman had in her various meetings with top government officials of Nigeria, which started with President Goodluck Jonathan, urged the government to “provide more training to the Nigerian military and other services of the Nigerian government to address the challenges it faces, particularly with the insurgency in the North and Northeast.”
It added that “the Under Secretary noted the inclusiveness of all voices in Nigerian society, Police, Intelligence, Military, Civil Society and State Government, in creating a comprehensive plan to deal with this challenge”.
Ms. Sherman was also quoted as saying that countering extremists within Nigeria requires using all of the strengths that country has to offer: “its talent and its federal character that draws on the abilities of Nigerians from all regions, all sectors and all parts of the country, and its diversity that allows for approaching problems from multiple angles at the same time”.
The U.S. official concluded by saying that the talents of all Nigerians are needed to confront the issues before them and to seize the opportunities that exist to have a great and bright future as “Nigeria becomes Africa’s most vibrant and largest economy in the coming years,” she said.
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