No Nigeria Without Nigerians, US Envoy Tells FG
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, has asked the Federal Government to be very conscious that there is no Nigeria without Nigerians.
Mr Symington said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he visited the House (Special) Committee on Nigerian-United States Relations/Inter-Parliamentary, headed by Mr Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma.
Ahead of the general elections in 2019, he emphasised the importance of a strong connection between the leaders and the people.
The US envoy also appealed to Nigerians to embrace peace, unity, and togetherness not only in the country but also to neighbouring nations.
According to him, the success of democracy in Nigeria will, in a long way, affect the survival of democracy globally.
Symington further recommended that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness, describing Nigeria as one that is profoundly full of citizens who want to have a say in the development of their country.
“I have visited 35 out of 36 states in this country and all the citizens I interacted with want to play a part in the making of Nigeria,” he said.
In an earlier remark, Mr Agbonayinma thanked the US government for its support to the African nation in conflict management, civic and political engagement, as well as improved electoral administration.
He, however, told the Ambassador that Nigeria, as a nation, seeks the support of other nations to attain its desired goal in the areas of repatriation of stolen funds among others.
“We ask for your support Mr Ambassador on the repatriation of our stolen wealth stashed in the United States by corrupt persons; these are proceeds of crime and they should be brought back for the development of our country,” he said.
“Nigeria continually seek the support of the United States and other friendly countries to overcome the vices that pull our nation down. Majority of our citizenry yearn for one united country, devoid of sectionalism and nepotism, built on equity and justice,” the lawmaker added.