VP Osinbajo Calls For More Collaboration With the USA Over Terrorism

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, in Abuja, said Nigeria and the United States should collaborate more, considering the need for concerted efforts to tackle the spread of terrorism, especially in the Sahel region.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo announced this when he received at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the visiting Undersecretary for Political Affairs, US State Department, Victoria Nuland, alongside a US delegation, including its Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Mary Leonard.

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Underlining the need for a more thorough method to fighting terrorism in the region and the Sahel, the VP pointed out that the spread of terrorist organizations, such as ISWAP and Boko Haram, should be fought ‘firmly and permanently.’

While applauding the US government for providing support to Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram and terrorism, with the delivery of the first batch of Super Tucano jets and the proposed possession of 12 AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters to Nigeria, Osinbajo asserted that the cooperation between the two countries had been “extremely fruitful and rewarding, especially for us.”

Osinbajo added that Nigeria was committed to conducting free and fair elections next year.

In her remarks, the US Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, acknowledged Nigeria’s advocacy for using gas as a transition fuel.

Nuland said, “You are absolutely right about gas. I’ve worked a lot on the response to Russia’s war in Ukraine and the Europeans now understand as they try to cut their dependence on Moscow that they need alternative democratic sources of gas, and they are waking up to the fact that Nigeria and others countries can fill that gap needed.”

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