US DECLARES SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT BUHARI’S FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

Nathan Holt, A deputy director in the U.S. Department of State, Nathan Holt has said the country is in support of President Buhari’s fight against corruption The United States has said that it is pleased with the way President Muhammadu Buhari is governing Nigeria. Reports have it that the US said on Tuesday, May 9 that the agenda being pursued by the current administration were in line with its expectations. Nathan Holt, the Deputy Director of Office of West African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State made the remarks on Tuesday from Washington, D.C. via teleconference on: ‘Nigeria, a critical U.S. partner’.

Holt said: “In 2015, Nigeria had a very important election. It elected Muhammadu Buhari as president. “This represented the first time in Nigerian history that there was a peaceful, democratic transfer of power from one party to an opposition party. “It was a milestone not only for Nigeria, but really for Africa as a whole. “President Buhari’s electoral platform was that he wanted to fight insecurity, particularly the depredations of Boko Haram and other forces in the northeast. “He wanted to grow the Nigerian economy, create jobs for its growing population, and he wanted to fight corruption. “Well, the nice thing about that agenda is that it meshes very well with our own. “That is – those are areas of focus that very much are consistent with U.S. interests in Nigeria. We too want to partner with Nigeria and its neighbours to fight terrorism. “We too support private-sector-led economic growth. And we are very much in favour of President Buhari’s campaign against corruption.” Meanwhile, in continuation of the administration’s war against corruption, the acting president Yemi Osinbajo is set to decide the fate of suspended secretary to the government of the federation Lawal David Babachir. Chairman of the senate committee on humanitarian issues in North-East Shehu Shehu, on Tuesday, May 9, said it is only Osinbajo that can deal decisively with the allegations of corruption against Babachir.

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