20 Jul 2015

President Buhari gets United States backing in renewed effort to fight terrorism

The breakfast meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari afforded the two leaders opportunity to compare notes on the terrorist activities of Boko Haram and terrorism as it affects both countries.

At the meeting, which held at the Naval Observatory, official residence of the American Vice President, Biden shared with his guest US experience on terrorism while counseling that victory cannot come from military option alone.

Biden advised that military option must be combined with strong socio-economic support programmes, while promising that the U.S would work with Nigeria in that direction. He said the US was eager to partner with Nigeria in efforts geared at rebuilding the ravaged North East.

According to him, if the country must benefit from ongoing reforms and subsequent ones there was need to tackle corruption by strengthing the anti-corruption institutions such as the EFCC and the ICPC.

Biden said there was need for seasoned technocrats to manage key sectors of the Nigerian economy, insisting it was all that was needed for investors to be attracted to the country.

He congratulated President Buhari on his victory at the March 2015 Elections.

According to him Buhari was riding on the crest of a popular mandate, a veiled expression of making haywire the sun shines.

Buhari thanked his hosts for the massive support he got all through his campaign insisting the visit you US Secretary of State John Kerry was a major master stroke that helped secure his victory with signals that the US was not ready to stand by and witness the trampling of the electoral will of the people.

Buhari lamented the loss in revenue to the tune of $10 and $20 billion annually, leaving the country bleeding on the provision of needed infrastructure with its expected positive impact on the economy.

The two countries pledged to continue to work together bilaterally and unilaterally in existing agreements and future collaborations.

Credit: Nduka Nwosu/ThisDay

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