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US to increase partnerships with Nigeria

30 March 2016, 21:37Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The United States has reiterated its commitment to partner Nigeria in a number of areas to enhance social and economic development.

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 producer.

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 by 2050.

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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 diseases.

“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


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