Protecting Nigerians against Boko Haram key challenge before Buhari – U.S.

From L-R U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, APC presidential candidate Retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and APC national party chairman John Odigie Oyegun

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Tuesday predicted that the new government in Nigeria might face the challenge of protecting its citizens against terrorism threats.

Mr. Kerry made the prediction in a statement made available by the African Regional Media Hub of the United States Department of State.

Mr. Kerry, according to the statement by the African Regional Media Hub, made the prediction after signing a Memorandum of Cooperation with the African Union to support disease control and prevention in Africa.

“One of the principal challenges facing the new government in Abuja will be that of protecting Nigerian citizens from the terrorism threat.

“The U.S. endorses the effort by the AU and its partners to establish a multinational taskforce to halt Boko Haram’s campaign within and beyond Nigeria’s borders.

“We will also continue generally to help African governments to improve their counter-terrorism and border security capabilities,” he said.

Mr. Kerry expressed the U.S. government’s commitment to promoting cordial relationships with African countries.

He said the U.S government learnt that diplomatic and peacekeeping initiatives in Africa work best when they were African-led.

“And there are opportunities and challenges at the same time.

“In recent years, we have learned that diplomatic and peacemaking initiatives in Africa work best when they are African-led.

“But the U.S. and the broader international community can still help and we are prepared to do so,” Mr. Kerry said in the statement. (NAN)


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  • burning spear

    President Barack Obama’s decision to provide undeclared backing to the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) and General Buhari, violated a long-time American convention of non-interference in the elections of other sovereign nations. It’s actually a shame that the US ambassador is all over the country since the Obama administration imposed Buhari on Nigerians—–First was the Award Obama gave JEGA hours after the presidential election—now this—rubbish by the US ambassador-to Nigeria–

    The series of patronizing actions, sponsored by the White House, culminated in a joint statement on March 30th 2015 by the American Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Mr. Philip Hammond, alleging that the election results “may be subject to deliberate political interference”.

    This broadside was released when the vote collation was still ongoing, thereby casting undue aspersion not only on the entire electoral process and the almost thirty million voters who participated in it, but indeed the nation itself.

    This was the second unsolicited and unwarranted diatribe by the American and British pair, the first being the denigrating joint missive authored by the same duo on March 21st 2015, precisely seven days prior to the election.

    The said election has already occurred, but the repercussions from the historic event shall continue to generate reactions for many days, weeks, months, years and perhaps for all time.

    • burning spear

      The recent visit of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria to the International Conference Centre, in Abuja, where the collation of results for the 2015 Presidential election was taking place, was a brazen breach of diplomatic protocol. It was a visit that should be condemned for what it represents: an undue interference in a sensitive and important internal affair of this country. This is a clear indication that Obama was actually instrumental to the nomination of Buhari as president of Nigeria. Why did the USA refuse to supply Jonathan with arms—–? But now wants Buhari to stop the boko haram war–clear double standards—–One law for Jonathan another for fulani man Jonathan—-abi?

      James Entwistle, should know that while it is sometimes permissible and indeed acceptable, to prod a reluctant country into taking actions perceived to be beneficial to the country, there should be a time to draw the line, especially on matters that have to do with the internal affairs of a sovereign state. If there are international rules and conventions governing conduct among nation states, such should be respected and applied in all circumstances. Policy options, especially on the choice of a political, economic, social and cultural system, and the formulation of foreign policy, fall into the category of matters which each state is permitted, by the principle of State sovereignty, to decide freely. It will be unimaginable for the Nigerian ambassador in the US to behave in a similar manner during an election in his host country.

      • Arabakpura

        The USA didn’t supply weapons to Jonathan because he didn’t show that he would be able to use them!

  • burning spear

    where was the USA when Nigerian needed help from her–why is Obama playing the blame game with Nigeria–yet Nigerians like Obj–Falana and Soyinka who are well known stooges of the western world are all quiet—let my people go—————

    • Omotolaaraujo

      I only clicked on this story, because I knew you were here on a rant. You never disappoint. Where’s your buddy, Tanawanda Incommunicado?

      • Arabakpura

        TAWANDA is now INCOMMUNICADO!

  • vica

    Buhari my able president will take down bokoharam, it is a statement of fact. The end of bokoharam is near.

    • Chukwu Michael

      Because the father is incharge of their activities.