John Kerry Arrives Nigeria

US Secretary of State has arrived Nigeria

Mr Kerry was speaking during a courtesy visit on the Sultan at his palace in Sokoto.

He said that the Sultanate Council was building a community of tolerance for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.

He said that the United States would continue to identify itself with the Sultanate in strengthening religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.

He said that being the first secretary of state to visit the seat of the caliphate, all hands should be on deck towards strengthening religious knowledge among Nigerians.

Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar had earlier expressed delight at the visit.

He said that the council would continue to promote peaceful coexistence among Nigerians for the overall political growth of the country.

He explained that religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians remained the principal objective of the Sultanate in mobilising Nigerians to tolerate one another for peace, progress and political stability of the country.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal, who accompanied Kerry to the palace, said the state government would continue to strengthen peaceful coexistence among the people, irrespective of religious, tribal and political differences.

“We don’t discriminate on religious,tribal, ethnic or political affiliations as we accommodate all for peace and harmony, ” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kerry had a closed door meeting with Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar and some leaders of the two major religions.

Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, Deputy National Chairman of APC North West, were present during the courtesy visit on the Sultan.

Mr Kerry met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Monday.

The two discussed regional security and terrorism before Kerry met with the foreign ministers of Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

The US said that it will help finance next year’s general elections in Kenya to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

“We are investing over $25 million (22 million euros) this year in order to support your electoral process coming into next year, what that means is we want to strengthen your election operations,” said Kerry in a post-meeting press conference.

The US also announced $138 million in new aid to South Sudan to help in the provision of basic needs and has promised continued engagement with the country in an attempt to end the continuing conflict.

Foreign Ministers from Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda agreed to move forward with the deployment of a regional protection force authorized by the UN Security Council to bring peace in South Sudan.

“This is not an intervention force, this is a protection force. Warring parties have terrorized and abused non-combatants,” said Kerry.

South Sudan is struggling to emerge from a two-and-a-half year civil war pitting President Salva Kiir against his former Vice President, Riek Machar.

News Source : Channelstv 

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