Buhari holds talk with US Secretary of State in Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari received in audience United States Secretary of State Hon. John Kerry  at about 3.08 pm  on Tuesday in Abuja.

John KerryThe two-day visit of the top American diplomat comes as the two countries are gradually stepping up cooperation after a period of strained relations.
Corruption and security were said to top the agenda of the discussion between two politicians.
Kerry, who had earlier visited Sokoto State, noted that the battle against the deadly Boko Haram sect would only succeed if the reasons why people join militant groups is addresses and if the government and its army gain people’s trust.
Nigeria has been pushing USA to sell it aircraft to take on Boko Haram – a group that emerged in northeast Borno region many years ago.
Under Nigeria’s last president, Goodluck Jonathan, the US had blocked arms sales and ended training of Nigerian troops partly over human rights concerns such as treatment of captured insurgents.
As at the time of filing this report, visiting US diplomat is currently in meeting with the President Buhari.
He will later meet with some governors from the northern region of the country.
US Secretary of State, Hon. Juohn Kerry (m) with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saád Abubakar III (R) and Gov. Aminu Tambuwa of Sokoto State (L) on Tuesday

US Secretary of State, Hon. Juohn Kerry (m) with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saád Abubakar III (R) and Gov. Aminu Tambuwa of Sokoto State (L) on Tuesday

While in Sokoto, Kerry met the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad, and Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

Exchanging views with the Sultan, the U.S. Secretary of State,  remarked that the world lost 2.6 trillion dollars to corruption annually.

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According to him, the money being lost to corruption across the world, is enough to provide decent livelihood for people.”This is money that can be used to improve the living standard and provide decent livelihoods for them.

”Corruption is not only a crime, but very dangerous and it must be tamed,” he said.

he commended President Muhammadu Buhari for fighting the corruption, pointing out that corrupt officials, anywhere in the world, were crooks.

He said Buhari understood the danger of corruption in a country, and that Nigeria was already a regional leader in the fight against corruption.

”Nigeria is also a role model in the ongoing global efforts to fight corruption,” Kerry said.

He acknowledged measures being applied by the Federal Government to entrench morality, transparency, honesty and good governance in the country.

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