On July 31, Ambassador James F. Entwistle answered questions from Nigerians on Facebook to explain the significance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent visit to the United States and the future of U.S. engagement with Nigeria. Ambassador Entwistle answered a variety of questions, such as those related to the Leahy Law, stolen funds, same-sex marriage, and counterterrorism.
“As I’ve said before, the Leahy amendment does not impede effective counterterrorism. Rather, respect for human rights and protecting the civilian populations makes for more effective counterterrorism,” Ambassador Entwistle responded via Facebook.
Ambassador Entwistle applauded the nature of the questions. “The wide range of questions illustrates just how diverse and rich the bilateral relationship is between our two great democracies,” he said.
President Barack Obama hosted President Buhari on July 20 at the White House. President Buhari also met with Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry during his visit to Washington.
The full conversation can be found on the U.S. Embassy’s Facebook page.