President Barack Obama of the United States has reiterated his confidence in the administration of Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a statement by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, the US leader made this statement during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 71st edition of the UN General Assembly.
Obama, the statement noted, described Buhari as a man of “integrity and honesty,” and said his administration would assist Nigeria within the short period it has left.
“We have confidence in your leadership. There are some difficulties you face, but this administration is willing to assist in the short time we have left,” Adesina quoted Obama as saying.
“You have made real progress in defeating the brutal organisation called Boko Haram, and that was achieved because of your leadership.”
Obama also reportedly offered a hand of fellowship to Nigeria “in the final and comprehensive defeat of Boko Haram, resolution of the Niger Delta crisis, which would help ramp up oil production and increase revenue, resolving the humanitarian crisis in the North East, recovering stolen money, and revamping the economy”.
He described Nigeria as a big and important country in sub-Saharan Africa, and said his country looked forward to a framework for sustained partnership between the two nations.
Earlier, Buhari assured Obama of the progress of his administration, and the efforts being taken towards resolving the economic crisis.
“We are making definite progress on how many factions of the militant groups exist, their leadership and operational basis, and we have equally sought the cooperation of the oil majors,” Buhari said.