The US embassy in Nigeria has been reacting to allegations made by the Christian Association of Nigeria (Can) that Secretary of State John Kerry fuelled ethnic and religious divisions during his recent visit to the country this week.
Spokesman Larry Socha told the BBC’s Naziru Mikailu in Abuja that Mr Kerry had stressed the importance of religious tolerance during his trip to northern Nigeria.
In Sokoto, Secretary Kerry met with both Christian and Muslim leaders to discuss religious tolerance and counter violent extremism that affects all Nigerians.
And as the secretary said in his speech there, equality and tolerance, justice and mercy, compassion and humility – these are values that transcend religions, ethnicities and all kinds of moral codes.”
Mr Socha also wanted to stress that Mr Kerry had now visited Nigeria one three occasions altogether including trips to Lagos and Abuja.