United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power expressed appreciation to President Buhari for his efforts to strengthen Nigeria’s military and its recent progress in combating Boko Haram. Ambassador Samantha Power, United States Mission to the United Nations yesterday, met President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
She underscored that the United States is committed to strengthening its partnership with Nigeria to bolster this campaign. She also emphasized the need to complement a robust military campaign with sustained efforts to develop economic opportunities and strengthen governance, political inclusion and respect for human rights.
She noted that this mirrored the Buhari administration’s priorities of security, economic growth and democratic accountability.
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Ambassador Power also previewed her trip to North-Eastern Nigeria on April 22. She noted the acute humanitarian crisis in the area and stressed the importance of the government of Nigeria backed by the international community in taking urgent action to address widespread malnutrition among displaced populations.
Power emphasized the importance of ensuring that conditions in North-Eastern Nigeria improve prior to efforts to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees. She also conveyed President Obama’s desire to strengthen the ties between the Nigerian and American people and to advance our bilateral relationship in critical areas, including trade and investment.