USA helped my emergence as president — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed gratitude to the United States for aiding his emergence as the President of Nigeria.

President Buhari stated that the United States insisted on an election that was free, fair and non-violent aided his emergence and deepened democracy.

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In other words, if the American Government had played a passive role, maybe the elections would have been rigged and probably descend into chaos.

The president made the statement while hosting the outgoing envoy of the United States to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle.

According to President Buhari, “U.S support before, during and after the 2015 elections was vital to Nigeria’s stability.

“I will never forget the role they played in the stability of Nigeria.

“We were lucky to have had an INEC Chairman who was competent and courageous.

“Mr. Ambassador, you occupied a position at a very strategic time in Nigeria’s history.

“And I hope our historians will record this because it meant so much for our stability.

“I hope you write a book on your experience in Nigeria.

“The commitment of U.S in supporting Nigeria has been unprecedented,” the President said.

President Buhari also thanked the United States for offering military intelligence and various degrees of support to Nigeria in the fight against insurgency.

He said “Nigeria values the U.S contributions to promoting regional peace and stability through the instrumentality of the G7.”

In response, the outgoing United States Ambassador stated that he “Had a marvelous three-and-half years in Nigeria.

“I am grateful to have been involved in the memorable elections in 2015,’ he stated.

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Entwistle also decried the humanitarian conditions in IDP camps stressing on the reported levels of malnutrition.

The president reiterated his administration’s effort to ensure those internally displaced by Boko Haram insurgency returned home.

He promised that conditions in the troubled states of Adamawa, Bornu and Yobe States will return to normalcy before the next farming season.