U.S., Nigeria strengthen ties to fight terrorism, boost trade

The United States and Nigeria have deepened both countries’ collaboration to fight the scourge of terrorism in Nigeria and in neighbouring countries troubled by the menace.

This agreement was made at the two-day 6th edition of the U.S.- Nigeria Binational Commission (BNC) in Abuja on Tuesday, where both countries also made commitments to increase bilateral trade, invest in energy, agriculture and technology including Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, told a news conference during the closing ceremony that the country has made significant progress in degrading the Boko Haram terrorists in the northern part of Nigeria.

According to him, “You are all aware of the progress that we have made in north eastern Nigeria in degrading Boko Haram to the point that now, one of our major challenges is sorting out who is a combatant and who is not.”

Tuggar said although there is challenge of banditry, which is a fallout of the Boko Haram terrorists’ activities, the Nigerian government is containing the menace, adding that with the US support, the matter will be brought to an end.

The minister also emphasised the need for economic development, stressing that the government of President Bola Tinubu is focused on offering employment to the people of Nigeria.

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