US: Why we placed Nigeria on Watch List

Ms Marry Leonard the new United State of America ambassador to Nigeria said on Tuesday during her visit to Aso Rock that her country decided to place Nigeria on its watch list due to the humanitarian situation in some part of the country.

She stated that the action was taken as part of an effort to deepen conversation on the issue.

Leonard spoke in Abuja when she visited the Presidential Villa to present her letter of credence to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

But Buhari insisted that Nigeria was wrongly presented to the rest of the world because other countries, including the US, did not widen their sources of information on the country.

A statement by Buhari’s media aide, Mr Garba Shehu, after the meeting, partly read, “The  United States Ambassador said Nigeria was listed on a watch list to deepen conversation on the humanitarian situation in the country, accepting that some people could ‘flare the flames and crystalise issues’ that could affect peaceful coexistence.”

The statement quoted  the envoy  as saying, “There are people who make things less attractive than they seem. The report (on Nigeria) will deepen conversation of the situation in the country, especially with religious leaders and mediators.”

 Leonard also told the retired Major General that the US “recognises and celebrates the integration in Nigeria”, adding that her country would “always side with transparent processes.”

She said she was happy to be in Nigeria and would spend time promoting efforts at addressing the humanitarian challenges facing  the country.

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