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Buhari’s agenda to grow Nigerian economy is in line with our interests – U.S

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda to grow Nigerian economy and create jobs is consistent with U.S interests in Nigeria, Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Mr Nathan Holt,said on Tuesday.

Speaking on ‘Nigeria, a critical U.S. partner’ via teleconference from Washington DC, Holt said “the nice thing about that agenda is that it meshes very well with our own”.

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“In 2015, Nigeria had a very important election. It elected Muhammadu Buhari as president.This represented the first time in Nigerian history that there was a peaceful, democratic transfer of power from one party to an opposition party” Holt said.

“It was a milestone not only for Nigeria but really for Africa as a whole.

“President Buhari’s electoral platform was that he wanted to fight insecurity, particularly the depredations of Boko Haram and other forces in the northeast.

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“He wanted to grow the Nigerian economy, create jobs for its growing population, and he wanted to fight corruption.

“Well, the nice thing about that agenda is that it meshes very well with our own.

“That is – those are areas of focus that very much are consistent with U.S. interests in Nigeria. We too want to partner with Nigeria and its neighbours to fight terrorism.

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“We too support private-sector-led economic growth. And we are very much in favour of President Buhari’s campaign against corruption,” the U.S. envoy on African Affairs,” Holt said.

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