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Buhari, A Man Of Integrity, Says Obama

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

United States President Barack Obama on Monday, July 20, 2015, described President Muhammadu Buhari as a man of high integrity and one with a clear plan for moving Nigeria out of its current challenges.

President Buhari has also noted that the continued pressure by the United States on the immediate past administration made the general elections in Nigeria to be free and fair.

Buhari also noted that similar pressure was mounted on the immediate past administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, which led to the peaceful transfer of power in Nigeria.

Buhari said this while responding to the welcome remarks by Obama before the start of the bilateral meeting between officials of both countries at the Oval Office of the White House, Washington DC on the second day of the visit.

A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Buhari, who noted that without the external pressure, “we would not be where we are today” in Nigeria, recalled that the pressure started from the visit of the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry to the past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega.

“Nigeria will be ever grateful to President Obama and the United States for making Nigeria consolidate its gains on democracy,” the President was quoted as saying.

On his trip to the United States, Buhari was quoted as saying that he looked forward to a fruitful visit and engagement with his host government, while expressing delight that the United States government had indicated interest in partnering and helping the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration to bring to fruition its goals of tackling insecurity, corruption and youth unemployment.

In his welcome remarks, President Obama said President Buhari came into office with a reputation of integrity and a clear agenda and preparedness to bringing peace to Nigeria, curtailing Boko Haram insurgency and rooting out corruption.

“On both issues of tackling insurgency and corruption in Nigeria, we look forward to how the United States can partner Nigeria to become an outstanding role model for developing countries,” President Obama said.

While describing Nigeria as a one of the most important countries in Africa, he also commended the peaceful election and transition that brought President Buhari to power.

While also lauding Nigeria’s track record in tackling Ebola and polio, President Obama also said the United States looked forward to engaging Nigeria in improving its electricity challenges.

The governors of Edo, Oyo, Imo, Borno and Nasarawa states and other top Nigerian government officials joined Presidents Buhari and Obama for the bilateral talks, according to Adesina.