- The US ambassador to Nigeria advised the FG to recognise the importance of Nigerians while making decisions
- He said Nigeria is a country that is profoundly full of citizens who want to have a say in the development of their country
- In reaction, members of Nigeria’s House of Reps urged the US to assist in recovering the stolen wealth of the country
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, on Tuesday, February 13, appealed to Nigerians to embrace peace, unity, and togetherness not only in the country but also to neighbouring nations.
Channels TV reports that the US envoy asked the federal government to be very conscious of the importance of Nigerians as the country cannot exist without its citizens.
NAIJ.com gathered that Symington said this in Abuja when he visited the House (Special) Committee on Nigerian-United States Relations/Inter-Parliamentary, headed by Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma.
Ahead of the general elections in 2019, he emphasised the importance of a strong connection between the leaders and the people.
Symington stated that the success of democracy in Nigeria will, in a long way, affect the survival of democracy globally.
He further recommended that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness, describing Nigeria as one that is profoundly full of citizens who want to have a say in the development of their country.
“I have visited 35 out of 36 states in this country and all the citizens I interacted with want to play a part in the making of Nigeria,” he said.
In his remark, Agbonayinma thanked the US government for its support to the African nation in conflict management, civic and political engagement, as well as improved electoral administration.
He, however, told the ambassador that Nigeria needs the support of the United States and other countries to recover the stolen wealth of the country.
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“We ask for your support Mr Ambassador on the repatriation of our stolen wealth stashed in the United States by corrupt persons; these are proceeds of crime and they should be brought back for the development of our country,” Agbonayinma said.
“Nigeria continually seeks the support of the United States and other friendly countries to overcome the vices that pull our nation down. Majority of our citizenry yearn for one united country, devoid of sectionalism and nepotism, built on equity and justice,” he added.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the United States on Tuesday, February 13, urged Nigeria to create an enabling environment for processing of agricultural products to encourage sales of such products in the international market.
Harry Sullivan, the US acting director for economic and regional Affairs, made the call in a teleconference with journalists organised by the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy.
He said that Nigeria’s over-dependence on oil could hinder economic growth; hence, the need for diversification.
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