By Lawrence Olaoye
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that cooperation between Nigeria and the United States of America (USA) can help curb increase in activities and threats by terrorist group in the Sahel region.
According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo stated this yesterday when he received the new US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Mary Beth Leonard, on a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa.
Noting the good relationship between Nigeria and the US, the Vice President pointed out that the relationship can become even more robust.
He said “Stepping up cooperation with the US in the area of counter-terrorism is something that should be pursued vigorously given the threats of terrorism in the Sahel.”
Responding to the proposition by Mrs. Leonard for improved ties between Nigeria and US including through the restoration of the Bi-National Commission, Osinbajo said there are indeed huge opportunities for improved cooperation between both countries.
“The challenges facing us as a country are many but they present opportunities for doing innovative and great things. This is our best chance to making serious progress.
“I am certainly looking forward to the Bi-National Commission and hope that important issues concerning our trade relations will be addressed because we have barely scratched the surface,” the Vice President said.
Earlier in her remarks, the US Ambassador said it was an honour to serve in Nigeria and expressed hope that her tenure as Ambassador to the country would be fruitful.
The Ambassador said improving trade and investment and resuscitating the US-Nigeria Bi-National Commission will top her agenda in the coming years.