The United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power has warned Nigeria of the growing terror threat to the Lake Chad basin region as she paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ambassador who has visited Chad and Cameroon, and is currently visiting Nigeria, expressed the United States delight in working with the present government. Ambassador Power also stressed on the importance of working together, stating that the partnership between both countries was so much bigger than the collaboration to fight insecurity and will also embrace other sectors in Nigeria.
On her visits to Cameroon she said, “What I saw in Cameroon, political will to tackle Boko Haram and tremendous heart break by families affected by Boko Haram,” adding that the tour included a visit to a camp occupied by 58,000 Nigerians in the region who had fled the crisis.
However she was encouraged by discussions with the Cameroonian President Paul Bia on matters forward to resolve the issue. She added that the civilian population will be the key to lasting security, and as such should be respected when operations are carried out by the military. Ambassador Power would also be visiting the north east, as US continues to work towards bringing back the Chibok girls and any others that have been kidnapped. “We will not rest until we have pursued every lead to the end,” she said.
Similarly, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, thanked the United States for its military and humanitarian support. “We cannot thank you enough taking time off your busy schedule to come here and see the challenges first hand of what we are facing,” he said, adding that the US and Nigeria had a holistic engagement, and Nigeria was determined to fully do what it has to make the relationship a successful one.
Ambassador Power and her visiting entourage which included the United States Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle, among others were also warmly received at the State House.
The Ambassador also participated in the #BringBackOurGirls rally in a display of solidarity for safe return of the Chibok girls.