President Buhari And US Vice-President Biden Compare Notes On Anti-Terror War
The breakfast meeting hosted today by American Vice President, JoeBiden, afforded him opportunity to compare notes with his guest, PresidentMuhammadu Buhari on the terror war.
America had been beleaguered by terrorists, who launched massive attacks thatkilled thousands in September 2001, while Nigeria battles the Boko Haram sectcausing carnage in the North-eastern part of the country.
At the meeting, which held at the Naval Observatory, official residence of theAmerican Vice President, Biden shared with his guest what the U.S had learntfrom the terror war, counseling that victory cannot come from military optionalone. Military option must be combined with strong socio-economic supportprogrammes, VP Biden said, promising that the U.S would work with Nigeria inthat direction.
VP Biden assured of the goodwill of the United States in rebuilding theNigerian economy, but observed that corruption and weak institutions must be tackled,if Nigeria was to benefit from reforms. He added that seasoned technocrats mustmanage key sectors of the Nigerian economy, and only then would investors beattracted to the country.
The American Vice-President congratulated President Buhari on hisvictory at the March 2015 elections, adding that it was obvious that thePresident enjoys the confidence of the Nigerian people.
Responding, President Buhari thanked the U.S for standing by Nigeria in the runup to general elections early this year, noting that the visit of the Secretaryof State, John Kerry, was critical as it sent home the message that Americawould not brook the subversion of the people’s will.
On oil theft, the Nigerian President estimated losses at between10 and 20 billion dollars, stressing that such income could have been deployedwith salutary impact on various spheres of national life like education andhealthcare, among others.
Both America and Nigeria pledged renewed commitment to work aspartners at the very insightful meeting.