- President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight has been backed by the United States government
- Morgan Ortagus, the spokesperson of the US state department, says the US will continue to back efforts by the Nigerian government to combat corruption at all levels
- Ortagus made the statement following an agreement between the US government, the Bailiwick of Jersey, and the federal government for the return of more than $308 million stolen by late General Sani Abacha
The United States government has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal commitment to fight against corruption.
The spokesperson of the US state department, Morgan Ortagus, also said the US will continue to back efforts by the Nigerian government to combat corruption at all levels.
Ortagus made the statement at the end of the signing of the agreement between the US government, the Bailiwick of Jersey, and the federal government for the return of more than $308 million stolen by late General Sani Abacha.
In another report, the Nigerian foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday, February 4, disclosed that the federal government is working to lift the US travel ban on prospective immigrants from the country.
Onyeama disclosed at a joint news conference in Washington with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, that Nigeria was working on the security and information-sharing requirements with the United States with a view to lifting the ban.
He said the country had identified the concerns raised by the US and had actually started to address them.
The minister, who did not specify a time frame, noted that Nigeria would be taken off this visa restriction list once all the criteria were met.
To news on security, a report by Premium Times indicates that the United States has announced an additional $40 million (N14 billion) aid to Nigeria to address the humanitarian crisis arising from decades of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Legit.ng gathered that the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who made the announcement in Washington DC on Tuesday, February 4, said this was in addition to nearly 350 million dollars (N122.5 billion) in the assistance provided by the U.S.
He said: “The foreign minister (Onyeama) and I also discussed today the massive humanitarian crisis that the conflict with Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa and other religious and ethnic violence.
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