Lagos - The United States has reiterated its
commitment to partner Nigeria in a number of areas to enhance social and
Linda Thomas-Greenfield Assistant Secretary, Bureau of
African Affairs United States Institute of Peace, made the pledge in Washington
ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the US.
She highlighted the vast potential Nigeria possessed.
Among other highlights, Thomas-Greenfield noted Nigeria’s
population was projected to reach 400 million by 2050, overtaking the United
States and becoming the third most populous country in the world. The median
age in Nigeria is 18. Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and Africa’s largest oil
The country’s middle class of roughly 50 million people
is expected to help grow the country into one of the top-ten global economies
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However, despite Nigeria’s size and resources, the United
Nations estimated in 2011 that 54 percent of the population lives on less than $1,25 a day. And 16 percent of Nigerian children die
before reaching their fifth birthday, largely as a result of preventable
“These statistics paint the picture of a country with
enormous potential and opportunities ahead of it, yet daunting challenges it
must tackle in order to succeed. There is cause for cautious optimism at this
juncture, and the United States looks forward to doing everything we can to
partner with Nigeria to seize the moment,” said Thomas-Greenfield.
She reiterated her country’s support to initiatives to
combat corruption and thwart the Boko Haram.
Boko Haram continues to devastate local communities, and
the conflict has created a major humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and beyond its
borders. Let me be clear: Nigeria and its regional allies must lead the fight
against Boko Haram.
The insurgency has claimed more than 20 000
lives and displaced over 2 million.
- CAJ News