Washington - President Muhammadu Buhari
on Monday in Washington DC, U.S. was hosted to a breakfast meeting by American
Vice-President, Joe Biden, where they compared notes on the terror war.
At the meeting, which held at the Naval Observatory, official residence of Vice
President, Biden shared with his guest what the U.S. had learnt from the terror
war, saying that "victory cannot come from military option alone.’’
He said that military option must be combined with strong socio-economic
support programmes, promising that the U.S. would work with Nigeria in that
Biden assured of the goodwill of the U.S. in rebuilding the Nigerian economy,
but observed that corruption and weak institutions must be tackled, if Nigeria
was to benefit from reforms.
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He stressed that seasoned technocrats must manage key sectors of the Nigerian
economy, and only then would investors be attracted to the country.
Biden congratulated Buhari on his victory at the March 2015 elections, adding
that it was obvious that the President enjoyed the confidence of the Nigerian
In his remarks, Buhari thanked the U.S. for standing by Nigeria in the run up
to general elections early this year, noting that the visit of the Secretary of
State, John Kerry, was critical as it sent home the message that America would
not brook the subversion of the people's will.
On oil theft, the President estimated losses at between 10 and 20 billion
dollars, stressing that such income could have been deployed with salutary
impact on various spheres of national life such as education and healthcare,
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that both America and Nigeria pledged
renewed commitment to work as partners at the very insightful meeting.