- The US ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, says his country wants Nigeria to have a prosperous democracy
- Symington notes that the US is aware of the security challenges confronting Nigeria and the efforts of the Nigeria police to tackle them
- The US envoy states that he is optimistic that the right things are being done to ensure that peace and security reigns in the country
The US ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, on Friday, February 1, said his country had concern for a peaceful and prosperous democratic Nigeria.
Symington stated this when he visited the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, in Abuja, The News Agencu of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said that the US was aware of the security challenges confronting Nigeria and the efforts of the police to tackle them.
The envoy, however, said he was optimistic that the right things were being done to ensure that peace and security reigned in the country.
“I am here to give my support to the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.
Responding, the I-G said that the police, under his watch, was tackling the security challenges in parts of the country.
He, however, pointed out that the challenges could not be tackled without the support of citizens.
“We are also seeking the support of the diplomatic community. We need your support in the area of training for our personnel which you have done several times,“ he said.
Adamu called for further assistance from the US in the area of technology to further enhance operational capacity of the force.
The US and the United Kingdom recently announced repercussions, including visa restrictions, for election interference and election-related violence in the forthcoming polls in Nigeria. Both nations stated the elections were important not only for Nigeria, but for Africa.
Meanwhile, Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has faulted the statements issued by the governments of the US, UK and the European Union observers on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen.
Channel TV reports that Oshiomhole on Monday, January 28, condemned the statements at the presidential villa after the APC Senate caucus and the party’s senatorial candidates met with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He argued that judges get dismissed in Europe and the United States without interference.
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