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U.S. To Trace Nigerian Stolen Funds, Boost Military Aid

Posted: Jul 20, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sola Alabadan  With agency reports

The United States has offered to help President Muhammadu Buhari track down billions of dollars in stolen assets and increase U.S. military assistance to fight Boko Haram insurgents, U.S. officials said.

As the U.S. cooperation with immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, virtually grounded to a halt due to his refusal to investigate corruption and human rights abuses by the Nigerian military, President Buhari’s visit to Washington today is viewed by the U.S. administration as a chance to set the seal on improving ties since he won the election.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, said “President (Barack Obama) has long seen Nigeria as arguably the most important strategic country in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The question is would there be an opportunity to deepen our engagement and that opportunity is now.”

This development is taking place at a time U.S. relations have cooled with two other traditional Africa powers – Egypt and South Africa.