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Buhari ‘We are pleased with President’s policies,’ John Kerry

Kerry said this at the US-Nigeria Bi-national Commission’s meeting in Washington, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

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The United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry announced that Obama’s administration is pleased by President Buhari’s efforts to diversify the economy.

Kerry said this at the US-Nigeria Bi-national Commission’s meeting in Washington, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

He said  “The United States, let me be clear, is very encouraged by President Buhari’s commitment to an economy that is more diversified, less dependent on a single commodity for export earnings, and that means we need to develop sustainability.

“Sustainable growth depends on a climate that is welcoming to investment and respectful of the environment and of workers’ rights.  And we have learned in these last 25, 30 years that it is never a competition between the environment and development.

 “That is a false choice – completely false, and particularly in the context of today’s challenge of climate change.  You can develop in ways that protect the environment and also are competitive and provide jobs for people.”

Kerry also said solving the problem of Nigeria is not an overnight issue.

The US Secretary of State said “You know there are challenges.  That’s what your election was about.  And so we are all aware that the world right now is facing many different challenges in terms of governance in various parts of the world and for various reasons: absence of capital, absence of structure, having to build capacity.

“These things take time.  Nobody is pretending that it’s an overnight operation.  It wasn’t for us.  And some people sometimes are very revisionist in America about our own history, but we’ve gone through some very difficult periods and very difficult issues.”

President Buhari is currently in Washington DC for the 4th Nuclear Security Summit.

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