U.S restates partnership to tackle Nigeria's security challenges
- Written by Abdullateef Abubakar Jos
Mr Gregory Lawless, Political Counsellor of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, said this in while
briefing newsmen on the outcomes of the U.S.-Nigeria Bi National Commission (BNC).
Mr. Lawless said the partnership would promote development in Africa.
``Security concerns in Nigeria would be addressed through our regional security
cooperation working group as part of the Bi National Commission.
`` We are looking at a holistic approach to address the grievances of the population,
especially in the north.
``Through that mechanism, we think by broadening the scope of response to violent
extremism, we believe that we will be addressing some of those issues in a more
``As the government of Nigeria embraces a more whole-of-government approach to the
issue of violent extremism whether it’s in the north or other areas, we think that is a
positive development and we will work with the Nigerian government as it develops this
more holistic approach.
``We are partners with the nation of Nigeria, a strong independent sovereign nation. We
believe Nigeria is a leader of Africa and the challenges Nigeria faces are the challenges
Africa faces, said mr.Lawless.”
Lawless said that the Bi National Commission since its establishment in 2010 had
succeeded in ensuring the integration of civil society into the electoral process prior to the
He said that other successes achieved were sustained and enhanced dialogue with energy
sector officials on energy policy reforms to increase investment; and the agreement to
explore a partnership with the Nigerian Army to build its civil affairs capacity.
Reports say that the U.S.-Nigeria Bi national Commission was inaugurated in April 2010 by
the former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to advance issues of mutual concerns
between both countries.
The commission has five working groups which focus on issues concerning governance,
energy, security, agriculture, and the Niger Delta.
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