U.S. Condemns Attacks in Nigeria

The United States has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in the city of Kano and Bauchi state in Nigeria over the past several days.  A statement from the U.S. State Department reads, “We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless violence.  We call for a full investigation of the attacks and for those responsible to be held accountable.

This is a time for all Nigerians to stand united against the enemies of civility and peace.  Nigeria’s ethnic and religious diversity is a source of strength for the country and those who seek to undermine that strength with divisive tactics cannot succeed”.

The United States remains strongly committed to working with Nigerian officials to find a way to bring peace to the north through both security and political responses and to work with the Nigerian government and others in the international community to promote greater economic development and long-term growth throughout northern Nigeria. We reiterate the importance of protecting innocent civilians in any law enforcement response to such attacks.

Meanwhile,  a U.S. delegation co-chaired by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs William Fitzgerald and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Joseph McMillan met with Nigerian government officials  in Abuja January 23-24 to discuss regional security cooperation.

The meeting marks the sixth working group meeting of the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission convened to advance shared objectives since its initiation in April 2010.  The working group discussed areas of cooperation for addressing the professionalization of security responses to extremism, political responses to security threats, and the role of development in improving security.

A Trendy Africa Media Report. Source: State Department Press Office

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