U.S. Pledges $607.5m Aid To Nigeria

The Obama administration has promised to assist Nigeria with the sum of $607.5 million for the Fiscal year 2016.

According to Per Second News, the U.S assistance package was disclosed by Sean J. McIntosh, First Secretary and Spokesman of the U.S Embassy Abuja in an exclusive email chat.

“President Buhari has made it clear that fighting corruption is one of his top priorities. As a partner, the United States stands ready to support the Government of Nigeria in battling this problem that incurs major socio-economic costs,” McIntosh said.

Reacting to the violent clashes between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite Islmaic Movement of Nigeria, McIntosh expressed deep concerns of the U.S over the occurrence which led to multiple civilian deaths.

“While the US Embassy continues to seek further details of the incident, we continue to call on the government of Nigeria to investigate transparently these reports and hold to account any individuals found to have committed abuses. We expect all governments, including our Nigerian partners, to prioritize the protection of civilians, respect for human rights, the rule of law, and accountability for security force abuses,” he said.

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