Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he is happy with United States support for Nigeria and hopeful the country will overcome its challenges soon. Buhari, in a statement by Femi Adesina, the president’s senior special adviser on media and publicity, also assured Nigeria will win its “tough and gruelling” anti-corruption war.
“Meeting with American Secretary of State, John Kerry, Wednesday, on the margins of conference on climate change, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, President Buhari said corrupt people had accumulated a formidable arsenal of illicit wealth, which they were now deploying against the government on diverse fronts.
“But it is a war we are determined to win, and which we will win.
“People of goodwill are behind us, countries like America and many others are with us, and we will surely win,” the president said.
Moreover, President Buhari was said to have “updated Secretary Kerry on the war against insurgency in the North-east of Nigeria, (and) efforts being made to tackle humanitarian problems caused by the insurgency”.
“On the unrest in the Niger Delta area, which manifests in the sabotage of critical oil and power installations, President Buhari said the engagement process was proceeding apace, adding that it was rather difficult bringing the main protagonists of the insurgency under one umbrella.”
The statement adds Secretary Kerry purportedly “expressed delight at the many successes of the Buhari administration, pledging continued U.S support in the bid to overcome security, humanitarian, political, and economic challenges”.
“As the Barrack Obama administration exits next January, Kerry said he would love to continue engaging with Nigeria, even in a private capacity. He described President Buhari as a strong international partner in the battle against violent extremism.”