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As Nigeria gears towards the 2019 general election, the United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador Jibor Nagy said his country expects a fair, transparent and credible election.

The Ambassador stated this in Abuja, when he paid official visit on Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia Khadijat Abba Ibrahim.

According to Nagy, “Our attention is especially with Nigeria, which has very important elections coming up. We are very interested in the Nigerian elections because we do have a candidate, and that is the process. We are always looking for ways to ensure that the process is fair, transparent and credible.”

Ambassador Nagy explained that his primary motive for taking up the job is to ensure that the future of African youths is made prosperous by ensuring increased investment in Nigeria and other African countries by American businesses.

He reiterated that, Africa’s population will double by 2050, and, especially, Nigeria is expected to take over from the US as the third most populous country. A situation he emphasised, if not properly managed can make Nigerian youths of the future, “A negative force for instability, radicalisation and migration.    

“I have several goals for this trip to Africa and they all involve Nigeria. I took this job primarily to help the African youths for the future because I know Africa will double its population by 2050.

Nigeria will replace US as the third most populous country. And, I also know that  because of modern technology  Nigerian youths will have the same dream with youths in America, China or Europe.

“Whatever it will require will be done for them to have jobs! Jobs!! Jobs, because, if they don’t, they will become a negative force in the world for instability, radicalisation, migration. But if they do, Nigeria and other African countries may be the most dynamic force in world prosperity, the way we have never seen.

“And to create jobs, the private sector takes the lead. I will like to help by directing US companies to invest their money in those African countries which welcome them.

“I will do my best to send American businesses your way. I always ask the African friends to help me, by putting in an environment which is welcoming to American businesses ” Nagy emphasised.

Nagy maintained that despite the arguments around which economy is the largest in Africa, he is convinced that Nigeria’s economy is indisputably the largest.

On the need to strengthen collaboration in security relations, Nagy explained that, “My other goal is to find a way we can cooperate with Nigeria on security and stability and peace, and I know that we already have many programmes in place. But I am also working for ways to make them more effective.”

Earlier, while welcoming her guest, the host minister, Hajia Ibrahim thanked Ambassador Nagy for the visit and hope that their deliberation will help to deepen the cordial relation that exist between the two countries.

She intimated her guest about the three cardinal principles of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, which she enumerated as security, fight against corruption and the economy.

She said, “the current administration places  emphasis on three major objectives: security, anti-corruption and the economy. I hope our deliberations will touch on those issues and other issues that concern both nations,”





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