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Nigeria: Antony Blinken arrives in Abuja, talks with Buhari


AA / Peter Kum

Coming from Kenya where he started his African tour, US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken landed in Abuja on Thursday shortly before 4 p.m. local time and went directly to the Nigerian presidency, Ako Rock. Villa, where he met with the head of state Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a statement from the Nigerian presidency, Blinken expressed his concerns about the human rights situation in Nigeria including brutal crackdowns putting an end to the peaceful protests of the “EndSARS” movement. [Mettez fin à la SARS – une unité spéciale de la police] in Abuja, Lagos and elsewhere in the country in 2020.

“President Buhari replied to his host that the federal government is awaiting the ongoing investigations which are being carried out by the states concerned before establishing responsibilities”, underlined the Nigerian presidency.

According to Ako Rock Villa, the US Secretary of State also explained to President Buhari why Nigeria was recently removed from the US blacklist of nations that violate religions.

According to Blinken, “this decision was made on the basis of the facts after investigation.”

The Nigerian president explained to the US Secretary of State that education is a priority in Nigeria because, according to him, “when you educate a people, there are certain things that they will not do”.

Buhari praised the United States’ support given to Nigeria for the acquisition of logistical means to fight terrorism.

“This war logistics is helping Nigeria stabilize the security situation in the northeast of the country. Nigeria’s efforts since 2015 are already bearing fruit, ”said President Buhari.

According to Abuja, the US Secretary of State also spoke of President Joe Biden’s priorities, namely, promoting democracy, the fight against climate change and against the Covid-19 pandemic.

This first African tour which takes him to three countries – Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal – comes in a difficult context for many African states and no region seems spared from security challenges.

Initially centered on democracy and climate change, the crises in Ethiopia and Sudan have put security back on the agenda.

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