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Posted: Jul 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the United States and other countries in the West, particularly the G-7 nations, are eager to assist in Nigeria’s development and growth, given the right conditions and cooperation from Nigeria.

The President said this in Abuja on Monday, July 27, 2015 as a guest on a television programme, “Good Morning Nigeria.”

Speaking on his recent working trip to the United States, Buhari said: “Americans are willing to help us, they understand our problems, they sympathise with us. This I think you ought to know, from the time the secretary of state came here before the elections.

“He saw the former President, INEC, the opposition too. America’s stand is that they are not going to accept anything done in Nigeria outside the Constitution of Nigeria and outside the  Electoral Act.

Buhari also commented on the 2015 general elections, stating that former President Goodluck Jonathan, conceded the 2015 presidential election to him “reluctantly.”

Similarly, the President restated his commitment to recover all stolen money belonging to Nigeria and see that those involved in such crimes, particularly crude oil theft, are brought to book.

“Now you know what was done to threaten the last election, including threatening INEC by telling them that their security could not be guaranteed and they added six weeks extension to the time of the election. Luckily, APC won the election and then, reluctantly, the opposition conceded and the rest, as they say, is history.”

The President also addressed the counter-terror operations in the North-East against Boko Haram, hinting that the Nigerian military was incapacitated in certain areas.

Buhari said: “It is not that we do not have trained personnel, not that we don’t have basic infrastructure, but the problem is that in spite of the money allegedly spent on the operations, the air force is virtually nonexistent. The aircraft are not serviceable, the helicopters are not serviceable and they are few. There is the need for the air force to conduct a reconnaissance and support the ground troops.

“The arrangement made by the former government will soon expire. We have made this clear to America and G-7 and we need their cooperation.

“This problem is not only in the North-East; we have a problem in the Gulf of Guinea, which you know is between Senegal and Angola and the incredible theft of Nigerian crude in an average of more than 250,000 barrels per day, which is being illegally loaded from our terminals by unpatriotic Nigerians that only consider their own selfish interests to get money.

“We registered the support and cooperation of the U.S. and other countries, who sympathise with us, to make sure the Gulf of Guinea is secured so as to make it difficult for crude thieves to load at our terminals and transport it all over the world.”