US Ambassador Re-firms Interest, Identifies Nigeria’s Major Problem

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has said that his country had concern for a peaceful and prosperous democratic Nigeria.

He added that security was one major problem the country faces ahead of the coming general election.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Symington stated this when he visited the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in Abuja on Friday.

He said that, “The U.S. is aware of the security challenges confronting Nigeria and the efforts of the Police to tackle them.”

The envoy, however, said he was optimistic that the right things were being done to ensure that peace and security reign in the country.

“I am here to give my support to the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.

Responding, the I-G said that the Police, under his watch, was tackling the security challenges in parts of the country.

He, however, pointed out that the challenges could not be tackled without the support of citizens.

“We are also seeking the support of the diplomatic community. We need your support in the area of training for our personnel which you have done several times,“ he said.

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Adamu called for further assistance from the US in the area of technology to further enhance operational capacity of the force.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom recently announced repercussions, including visa restrictions, for election interference and election-related violence in the forthcoming polls in Nigeria.

Both nations stated that the elections were important not only to Nigeria, but for the entire Africa.