Nigeria must fight terrorism, promote economic integration — US envoy

By Emman Ovuakporie

ABUJA—THE United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart W. Symington yesterday warned ahead of 2019 general election that without Nigerians there would be no Nigeria, advising that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness.

Stuart Symington

The warning came when he visited the House (Special) Committee on Nigerian-United States Relations/Inter-Parliamentary.

The Ambassador tasked Nigerians on peace, unity, togetherness, free enterprise not only in the country, but also to its neighbouring countries, noting that there should be a connection between the leaders and the people.

According to him, the success of democracy in Nigeria would in a long run affect the survival of democracy globally, advising that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness.

He explained that “I have visited 35 out of 36states in this country and all the citizens I interacted with want to play a part in the making of Nigeria.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Agbonayinma told the Ambassador that Nigeria as a nation was seeking the support of other nations to get to its desired goal.

He said: “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. Nigeria continually seeks the support of the US and other friendly countries to overcome the vices that pull our nation down. Majority of our citizens yearn for one united country, devoid of sectionalism and nepotism, built on equity and justice.”

The lawmaker, however, pointed out areas the United States as a country has helped Nigeria to achieve what it desire.

He said: “The United States has been immensely supportive in conflict management, civic and political engagement and improved electoral administration.”

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