Nigeria Remains Our Priority – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

PIC.11. APC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, RETIRED GEN. MUHAMMADU BUHARI (R), WITH THE U.S SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, DURING A MEETING IN LAGOS ON SUNDAY (25/1/15). 488/25/1/2015/WAS/JAU/NAN
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting in Lagos, Nigeria.

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry has assured President Muhammadu Buhari that his country will do everything humanly possible to help tackle humanitarian challenges in northeast Nigeria.

Kerry disclosed this on Tuesday, during a two-day official visit to Nigeria where he met Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja and Nigerian governors Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Mohammed Jibrilla of Adamawa State, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, and Kashim Shettima of Borno State. Kerry also met with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.

In his address, the U.S. Secretary of State said that Nigeria remains their topmost priority in terms of safeguarding lives and the properties of the citizens against the deadly acts of the Islāmic terrorist group Boko Haram. Kerry also commended the courage of President Buhari in fighting corruption, saying: “We applaud what you are doing”.

“Corruption creates a ready-made playing field for recruiting extremists. You inherited a big problem, and we will support you in any way we can. We will work with you very closely. We don’t want to interfere, but will offer opportunities as you require. Nigeria is priority for us. We won’t miss the opportunity to work together, because you are making significant progress,” visiting U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, told Buhari at a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Villa.

“We also know that beating Boko Haram on the battlefield is only the beginning of what we must do. People join violent groups because they have trouble finding meaning or opportunity in their daily lives, because they lost hope in the future, because they lost confidence in legitimate government and they are really frustrated. We applaud what you are doing. Corruption creates a ready-made playing field for recruiting extremists,” Kerry said.