Remarks by U.S. Charge D ’affairs, Mr. David J. Young Photo Exhibition to Launch PEPFAR’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

All protocols observed. Good afternoon. I would like to thank you for joining us at this Photo Exhibition. The exhibition affords us an occasion to reflect on an initiative, which began 15 years ago. Called the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR, this initiative has helped to expand and sustain life-saving treatment, ...
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Meet Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State

Few Americans possess a resume as varied as that of Mike Pompeo: first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, entrepreneur, congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Add a new line to that resume: America’s chief diplomat. Pompeo, 54, was sworn in 26 April 2018 as the ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama at a Press Availability

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Presidential Villa Abuja, Nigeria March 12, 2018 MODERATOR: Gentlemen of the press, we are delighted to have hosted the American Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, who just left our president a short while ago. Now he is here with our minister of foreign affairs, and they are going to ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

The below is attributable to the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Tillerson met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on March 12 in Abuja to strengthen the U.S. partnership with Nigeria. He recognized Nigeria’s leadership in the Lake Chad Basin Multinational Joint Task Force which seeks to defeat Boko Haram and the ISIS affiliate in ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama at a Press Availability

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Presidential Villa Abuja, Nigeria March 12, 2018 MODERATOR: Gentlemen of the press, we are delighted to have hosted the American Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, who just left our president a short while ago. Now he is here with our minister of foreign affairs, and they are going to ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for African Countries Facing Severe Food Insecurity

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced nearly $533 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region, where millions are facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or ...
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U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a very important trip to ...
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TRANSCRIPT – Press Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Don Yamamoto – Secretary Tillerson’s March 6-13 Visit to A

Africa Regional Media Hub Teleconference, Washington, D.C. OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Department of State conference call. At this time, all participants are in listen only mode. Later, we will conduct a question and answer session, and instructions will be given at that time. If you should ...
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Nairobi, N’Djamena, and Abuja

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON On his first official trip to Africa, Secretary Rex Tillerson will travel to N’Djamena, Chad; Djibouti, Djibouti; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Abuja, Nigeria, March 6-13, 2018. Secretary Tillerson will meet with leadership in each country, as well as the leadership ...
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TRANSCRIPT – Telephonic Press Briefing: Acting Director for Economic and Regional Affairs Harry Sullivan on AGOA

Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing with Acting Director for Economic and Regional Affairs Harry Sullivan AGOA and U.S. Economic Policy in Africa Via Teleconference, Washington, D.C. February 13, 2018  OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for standing by and welcome to the Department of State AGOA and U.S. Economic Policy in Africa conference call. At ...
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THE UNITED STATES – NIGERIA BI-NATIONAL COMMISSION JOINT COMMUNIQUE

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met on November 20, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria. The BNC was co-chaired by Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria and John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, United States of America. This year’s BNC focused on advancing U.S.-Nigerian shared prosperity, including discussion ...
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Remarks by Consul General F. John Bray – Cybersecurity Awareness

Thank you for coming today. As I believe many of you would agree cybersecurity is an important issue. October marks the 14th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  This national public awareness campaign is a collaborative effort between government and industry that encourages individuals to protect their computers and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. ...
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Remarks of Consul General F. John Bray at Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Reunion

First, let me welcome you to the 2017 (MWF) Reunion Conference. For those just returning from their fellowship experience, I would also like welcome you back to Nigeria.  For six weeks (or more, if you participated in the internship program) you attended leadership sessions, collaborated with colleagues and made connections that span the continent, all ...
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Nigeria National Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian people as you celebrate your national independence on October 1. The United States and Nigeria have a strong and enduring partnership that benefits both our nations. The U.S.-Nigeria partnership is ...
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U.S.-African Partnerships: Advancing Common Interests

Remarks of Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC (As prepared) Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is always ...
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TRANSCRIPT – AGOA Forum: Telephone Press Briefing with U.S. Government officials on Africa Affairs & Trade in Africa.

Telephonic Press Briefing with Mr. Peter Henry Barlerin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, and Ms. Constance A. Hamilton, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Via Teleconference, Foreign Press Center, Washington, DC August 3, 2017 OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your patience in standing by. Welcome to the Preview Africa Growth Opportunity ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. David J. Young Abuja – MSME Care Clinic

Acting President Your Excellency Yemi Osinbajo Assembled Governors and Ministers Distinguished Guests I stand on existing protocol and thank all of you for hosting us here today as we attend this “Care Clinic” for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in Nigeria. As you may know, the U.S. government places a high priority on support to ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

On June 27, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, under the theme “Enhancing Criminal Accountability and Addressing Challenges in Prosecution Efforts.” The 2017 TIP Report includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the United States. The goal of the report is to stimulate action and create partnerships ...
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Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission David Young’s Opening Remarks at ECOWAS Cybersecurity Strategy Workshop – Abuja

Good morning.  ECOWAS Commissioner for Telecommunications and IT Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa, representatives from the respective ECOWAS member state governments, members from the diplomatic community, our representatives from the U.S. Government, the MITRE team facilitating the workshop for us this week, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you for gathering here this morning for this important ...
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101 Young Nigerians to attend 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria will send 101 young Nigerians to participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for six weeks from June 15 to August 3. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.  A total ...
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Remarks for U.S. Consul General Mr. F. John Bray at the 2017 World Press Freedom Day, Lagos

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for joining us today to celebrate the 2017 World Press Freedom Day, I am delighted to be here. I’d like to begin by congratulating the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode on  her re-election. Congratulations, Funke. Let me also extend special thanks to our partners, ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Wayne ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires commemorates Religious Freedom Day

In commemoration of Religious Freedom Day, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young delivered a speech on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Nile University on the U.S. tradition of supporting religious freedom. While addressing the undergraduate students of the University, Mr. Young explained the commitment by the United States to constitutional protection for religious liberty. He ...
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Chargé d’Affaires David Young Remarks Commemorating Religious Freedom Day Nile University, Abuja

As Prepared for Delivery Deputy Vice Chancellors Gursoy and Adeshina, members of the administration and faculty of Nile University, students, and friends, thank you for your warm welcome.  This is my first visit to your institution, and from your beginnings back in 1998 with 23 students to the near 200 that now fill this hall ...
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U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington Presents Credentials to President Buhari

U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Honorable W. Stuart Symington presented his credentials to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari today at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria. He was accompanied by Mrs. Symington, Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young, USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey, and Senior Defense Attaché Colonel ...
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U.S. Fulbright Specialist Trains 34 Nigerian Nurses in Cancer Patient Care

Ms. Laurie Tauriainen, a nurse with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Dallas, Texas is conducting a week-long training program for 34 nurses at the National Hospital in Abuja. The training in patient navigation is being organized in collaboration with Project Pink Blue, a non-profit organization led by Mr. Runcie Chidebe, a Nigerian alumnus of ...
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2016 World AIDS Day Program Remarks by U.S. Consul General F. John Bray

Thank you for coming today to observe World Aids Day with us. As many of you know, the theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is: “Leadership. Commitment.Impact.” I want to assure you of the U.S. government’s unwavering commitment in supporting partner countries to control their epidemics, and our focus on ensuring every dollar invested has ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Nigerian President Buhari

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Kerry met with Nigerian President Buhari today on the margins of the COP22 in Marrakech. President Buhari updated the Secretary on his government’s ongoing efforts to combat systemic corruption, defeat Boko Haram, and address the serious humanitarian situation in northern Nigeria. Secretary Kerry pledged continued ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Trump After Meeting

Oval Office | 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump.  It was wide-ranging.  We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House.  We talked about foreign policy.  We talked about domestic policy.  And as I said last night, ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General F. John Bray to the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows of Nigeria “A Force for Positive Change”

As prepared “A Force for Positive Change” I appreciate the welcome. As this conference is sponsored by the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, let me say on behalf of the Mission, you are all welcome – and welcome back from the United States! I am grateful that you have come from the far corners of Nigeria ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – Nigeria National Day Message

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1. I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future. During my trip, ...
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Chargé d’ Affaires David Young – Remarks at International Day for the Girl Child

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m delighted to be here with you on such an important occasion, the International Day of the Girl Child. Let me tell you a story.   Two weeks ago I visited Maiduguri.  While there I visited two camps for internally displaced persons and went to a hospital with an emergency feeding ...
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America Shares Nigeria’s Goals for a Prosperous Economy

Abuja, Nigeria – Speaking yesterday at a Nigerian-American Chamber Of Commerce Conference on SME Financing and Franchising,  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires David Young said United States has provided more than half a billion dollars in annual assistance to Nigeria in the areas of health and security, but is also increasingly focused on the issues of economic stability ...
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Chargé d’ Affaires David Young Remarks to Small and Medium Enterprise Conference

Your Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Honorable Minister Okechukwu Enelamah of the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment Chief Olabintan Famutimi, national President of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce Sheriff Balogun – President and Chairman of the Kaduna Chapter of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, an ...
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Calling on Young Nigerian Leaders: Announcing the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship began today, Wednesday, September 20, 2016.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and a key part of the U.S. commitment to invest in the future ...
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Remarks by President Obama after Bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

12:09 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It’s a great pleasure to once again meet with President Buhari of Nigeria, along with his delegation.  Nigeria is one of the largest, most populous and most important countries not just in Sub-Saharan Africa but in the world.  And I am very pleased that we have been able to build ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry – Remarks on Community Building and Countering Violent Extremism

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much. Thank you. Asalaam Alaikum. Thank you very much. Maryam, thank you very, very much. Good morning everybody. Good morning to all of you – your Excellency Governor Tambuwal; your Excellency Governor Yari; your Eminence, Sultan, who was very, very kind to host us here today and whose leadership I particularly appreciate ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry – Meet and Greet With Staff and Families of Embassy Abuja

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Good morning, everybody. How are you? Everybody good? AUDIENCE: (Cheering.) SECRETARY KERRY: Now, let’s do a little organizing here. You’re getting wet, man. (Laughter.) So I want you – push back a little bit so – now we – I want you to get out of the water. ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry – Remarks at a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Girls Event

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you, Cathy. First of all, let me thank you for your tremendous work and leadership. We’re very proud of – Ambassador Russell’s really been at the forefront of leading efforts like this around the world, and I’ve seen her in more places around the world than I see her in Washington at ...
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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan

Secretary Kerry announced nearly $138 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the South Sudanese people, who have suffered through almost three years of senseless, brutal fighting.  He made the announcement following today’s meeting with regional foreign ministers in Nairobi. A recent outbreak of violence in Juba, broader insecurity throughout the country, and severe economic ...
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Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield To Travel to Kenya and Nigeria

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Kenya and Nigeria August 21-28. She will first accompany U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on his August 21-24 trip to Nairobi, Kenya, and the cities of Sokoto and Abuja in Nigeria. On August 25 the Assistant Secretary will visit Lagos, Nigeria, where ...
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Secretary Kerry to Travel to Nairobi, Sokoto, Abuja, and Jeddah

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on August 22 to meet with President Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counterterrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.  Secretary Kerry will also meet with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in East Africa, ...
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U.S. Consul General F. John Bray and USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey Visit Power Africa Projects and Partners in Edo State

 U.S. Consul General F. John Bray and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Nigeria Michael Harvey visited Edo State July 26 – 27 to assess the progress of partnered investments that advance U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature initiative Power Africa. Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle 240th Anniversary of U.S. Independence (July 2, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery)  Distinguished Guests, all protocols observed. Good evening, everyone.  I’m pleased to welcome you to the celebration of the 240th anniversary of the adoption of our Declaration of Independence. Organizing an event like this requires the hard work of many.  Let me thank all members of the Embassy team.  In particular, I’d ...
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Nigeria Featured at 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (June 17, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that 22 representatives of organizations benefiting Nigerian entrepreneurial development will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit on June 22-24, 2016 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.  These special men and women will join more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders in ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry On the Occasion of Ramadan (June 5, 2016)

On behalf of the United States Department of State, Teresa and I wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a cherished month in Islam. It is a sacred period of prayer and fasting, offering hospitality, and remembering those who are less fortunate. Through our embassies ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Signing Ceremony for Power Africa Energy Distribution (May 23, 2016)

Abuja | May 23, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. Good morning.  On behalf of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, I am pleased to witness the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of the Abuja, Benin, and Eko distribution companies (DisCos) under Power Africa.  As you know, President Barack Obama ...
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U.S. Inks Agreement with Power Distribution Companies (May 23, 2016)

Abuja – Under President Obama’s landmark Power Africa initiative, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a new assistance program that aims to improve power distribution performance and increase connections in Nigeria.  The two-year agreement will provide management consultation to three Nigerian distribution companies.  The agreement will also advance major infrastructure investments and ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken – Press Statement with Foreign Minister Onyeama (May 13, 2016)

Minister, thank you very much for your very warm words and your gracious hospitality. As you mentioned, I had the opportunity to be here just after President Buhari’s election to work, in particular, on his visit to the White House to see President Obama. I have to say that in the space of a year, ...
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Readout: Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari (May 12, 2016)

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today in London with Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari. They met on the sidelines of the Anti-Corruption Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The Secretary thanked President Buhari for his efforts to address corruption issues and for his decision to join ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle International Women’s Day Celebration (March 7, 2016)

Abuja | March 7, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) It’s a pleasure to be with you this morning to support International Women’s Day.  Officially, we recognize Women’s Day on the 8th, but we’re starting a day early to realize a whole week of activities in Abuja, Kano, and Lagos, sponsored by the U.S. Mission in ...
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U.S. Ambassador Congratulates 100 Newest Mandela Washington Fellows (May 5, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy today recognized 100 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The White House developed this initiative ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Reception for Newly Selected Mandela Washington Fellows (May 5, 2016)

Abuja | May 5, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good afternoon.  I hope you all enjoyed your trip from various parts of the country to Abuja. First, I would like to recognize our Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni.  Thank you for joining us today.  I’m sure you are as excited as we are to meet the ...
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LiveAtState on Threats to Civilian Security in Africa with Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall (M

MR BENTON: Welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive online video platform for engaging with international media. I am your host, David Benton. I’m delighted to welcome journalists and media representatives joining us today from around the world. I’d like to give a special shout-out to watch parties joining us from U.S. embassies and consulates ...
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Remarks at a Student Town Hall at the American University of Nigeria; U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power (A

PARTICIPANT: We live in a time when women are making tremendous strides, and Ambassador Power is an incredible example of women on the move. [Inaudible] one of the most influential and powerful women in the world. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” and when President ...
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Readout of the Meeting between Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Ambassador Power met today with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria. Ambassador Power expressed appreciation to President Buhari for his efforts to strengthen Nigeria’s military‎ and its recent progress in combatting Boko Haram. She underscored that the United States is committed to strengthening its partnership with Nigeria to bolster this ...
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Release of the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (April 13, 2016)

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for being here. I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here. I’m not trying to avoid you, but Tom will take some questions and I think John’s ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari (March 31, 2016)

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit with Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari. The Secretary expressed a firm commitment to continue working closely with Nigeria, highlighting the country’s importance to the region and to the continent.  He offered continued U.S. support ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari (March 31, 2016)

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit with Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari. The Secretary expressed a firm commitment to continue working closely with Nigeria, highlighting the country’s importance to the region and to the continent.  He offered continued U.S. support ...
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The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Joint Communique (March 30, 2016)

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met on March 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.  The BNC was co-chaired by Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Antony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, United States of America.  U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice provided opening remarks, and Secretary of State John ...
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The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Joint Communique (March 30, 2016)

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met on March 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.  The BNC was co-chaired by Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Antony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, United States of America.  U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice provided opening remarks, and Secretary of State John ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama At the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission (March 30, 2016)

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good afternoon and hello, and welcome to the Treaty Room of the State Department.  We don’t have a treaty to sign today, but we’re delighted to be here.  I’m really pleased to be joined by my colleague Geoffrey Onyeama, and very happy to welcome his distinguished delegation here today.  The importance of ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama At the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission (March 30, 2016)

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good afternoon and hello, and welcome to the Treaty Room of the State Department.  We don’t have a treaty to sign today, but we’re delighted to be here.  I’m really pleased to be joined by my colleague Geoffrey Onyeama, and very happy to welcome his distinguished delegation here today.  The importance of ...
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Partnership with Nigeria: the U.S. View – Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield Speaks Before Bilateral Talks (March 28, 2016)

Ten months after taking office, the Nigerian administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has stepped up its efforts to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency—a regional humanitarian crisis that has uprooted more than 2 million people. Nigeria also faces a troubled economy and the challenge of uprooting corruption. How does the U.S. government now define its partnership ...
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Partnership with Nigeria: The U.S. View – Remarks of Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs – United Stat

As prepared Good afternoon everyone, and thank you so much, Nancy, for that introduction. Thank you as well to USIP for hosting us today, and for the fantastic work you are doing in Nigeria and around the world to advance peace. In case anyone has any doubts on the extent of Nigeria’s importance in Africa ...
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Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Dehab Ghebreab Women’s History Program “Code for Impact” Training Access Bank, Lagos (March 9, 2016)

I’m Dehab Ghebreab and I’m the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consul General in Lagos.  Thank you for inviting me here this afternoon to celebrate Women’s History Month and speak on the importance of girls’ and women’s immersion in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM fields.  We are delighted to partner with HACEY Health ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer World Wildlife Day Event (March 3, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery)  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you for braving the traffic to be with us so early in the morning.  I’m pleased to be back here in Lagos with our esteemed guests from the Nigerian government, NGO community, academia, and members of the press on World Wildlife Day to host a dialog on ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2016 (March 1, 2016)

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2016 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people.  In the face of discrimination and undue hardship, they have never ...
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Transcript: LiveAtState with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa Linda Etim (

MODERATOR: Hello, and welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive online video platform for engaging with international media. Today I’m delighted to welcome participants joining us from around the world. In particular, I would like to send a special greeting to watch parties joining us from embassies and consulates in Accra, Djibouti, Kinshasa, Lagos, Lome, ...
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Presidential Proclamation — National African American History Month, 2016

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION America’s greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and strived to expand the reach of freedom to all. For too long, our most basic liberties ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker – Address to Nigerian Entrepreneurs and U.S. Business Leaders at Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurs

(Remarks as Prepared for Delivery) Thank you, Tony, for that lovely introduction and congratulations again on the launch of the Tony Eleumelu  Entrepreneurship Programme. Tony has been one of our foremost team players in supporting entrepreneurs, particularly here on the African continent. I am so grateful for the leadership and creativity that he has brought into the many initiatives on which we have worked together, including most ...
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Remarks of the Secretary of State, John Kerry at the World Economic Forum (January 22, 2016)

SECRETARY KERRY: Klaus, thank you very, very much. Hello, everybody. Good morning to you. Klaus, first of all, thank you for your very warm, generous introduction. I especially want to thank you for your superb leadership of the World Economic Forum for many years. As you’ve said, it’s been my honor to come here. This may ...
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Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address (January 12, 2016)

WHITEHOUSE.GOV/SOTU — Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. I also ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Visit to the Calabar American Corner Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria (December 16, 2015)

December 16, 2015 (as prepared for delivery)   First of all, I would like to begin by saying my favorite Nigerian expression: “All protocols observed.” Second, I am very delighted to make my first visit to Cross River State, particularly to Calabar, the home of Nigeria’s famous Carnival.  I also would like to acknowledge that our ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle International Anti-Corruption Day Roundtable Discussion (December 8, 2015)

Abuja | December 8, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami.  All other protocols observed. Good morning and welcome to the U.S. Embassy.  In commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day, we gather here to discuss an issue that is critically important to both my nation and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle International Day of Persons with Disabilities Program (December 3, 2015)

Abuja | December 3, 2015 (as prepared for delivery)  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m delighted to speak with you today about the Americans with Disabilities Act—known as the ADA—and the lessons it may hold for those seeking to pass similar laws. This year, the United States celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ADA, a ...
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Abuja | November 30, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  I am delighted to be a part of today’s event commemorating the 35th World AIDS Day. I’d like to begin my remarks by asking you all to imagine if we had everything we need—the tools, science, and resources—to reduce the number of women, men, ...
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PRESIDENT OBAMA:  President Hollande, Mr. Secretary General, fellow leaders.  We have come to Paris to show our resolve. We offer our condolences to the people of France for the barbaric attacks on this beautiful city.  We stand united in solidarity not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer Visit to the Kuchingoro II Internally Displaced Persons Settlement Abuja (November 24, 2015)

(as prepared for delivery)  Good morning, everyone. I just had the opportunity to have a look around your settlement.  Many people would be surprised to learn that a settlement for IDPs exists right here in Nigeria’s capital.  The U.S. Mission to Nigeria, including Ambassador Entwistle himself, has visited camps in the northeast, where Boko Haram ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry On the Attacks in Paris (November 13, 2015)

I share President Obama’s outrage and sadness over the terrorist attacks tonight in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this assault on innocent people, going about their lives.  And I am deeply concerned by ongoing reports of hostages. These are heinous, evil, vile acts.  Those of us who can must ...
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INTRO FOR AUDIO MESSAGE:   Amahoro (ah-mah-HOR-ro).[1]  This is President Barack Obama.  Today, I want to speak directly to you—the people of Burundi. VIDEO MESSAGE: Amahoro (ah-mah-HOR-ro).  Today, I want to speak directly to you—the people of Burundi. Burundi is a proud and beautiful country.  But in recent months, the future of the land you ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Mandela Washington Fellowship Reunion Conference Reception Chief of Mission’s Residence, Abuja, Niger

October 21, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Good evening.  I’d like to open with my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. I would like to officially welcome the 2015 Mandela Washington fellows back from their exchange program in the United States.  I hope the fellowship not only met, but exceeded your expectations.  I also wish ...
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Opinion Editorial – Changing the Face of HIV/AIDS: Protecting Our Girls (October 11, 2015)

There are 1.8 billion young people (males and females between the ages of 10 and 24) in the world today, the largest generation of young people in human history.  The majority of these young people live in developing countries and approximately half, or 900 million, are adolescent girls and young women. The U.N. International Day ...
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Africa: Decisive Moment for Democracy by John Kerry Secretary of State (October 6, 2015)

Last May, I shared in an extraordinary moment. I had the privilege, together with many leaders from across Africa, of bearing witness to the first peaceful, democratic transition of power between two parties in Nigeria. I traveled to Lagos earlier this year to emphasize that for the United States, Nigeria is an increasingly important strategic ...
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Nigeria National Day Message (October 1, 2015)

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1 Nigerians can observe this national day with gratitude and pride knowing that it follows a largely peaceful general election in March—a significant moment for your country. I was ...
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Remarks for ACG Dehab Ghebreab Premiere of “Captive” House on the Rock (October 1, 2015)

Pastor Paul Adeferasin, Dr. Obi Ezekwesili, Mr. Members of the clergy, Your Excellencies, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Good evening. First let me thank Pastor Paul Adeferasin for the great relationship we have enjoyed to advance shared values. Pastor Paul, many thanks to you and your team. Please give them a big round of applause. Let ...
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Remarks by United States Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Maria Brewer The American Dream (September 30, 2015)

As prepared for delivery Professor Babajide Alo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academics & Research, Professor Muyiwa Falaye, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Olufunke Adeboye, Head, Department of History and Strategic Studies, Dr. Irene Osemeka, Departmental Orator, Distinguished guests, Students, and faculty of the University of Lagos: To use one of my favorite Nigerian phrases: “All protocols ...
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Calling on Young Nigerian Leaders: Announcing the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship (September 30, 2015)

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria is pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship will begin to be accepted tomorrow, Thursday, October 1, 2015.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and a key part of the U.S. commitment to ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry – On Eid al-Adha (September 23, 2015)

Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid al-Adha.  We congratulate the nearly three million Muslims – including thousands of Americans – who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental pillars of their faith. Eid al-Adha is a special time when Muslims ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Maria E. Brewer Abuja Grand Opening of Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery Nigeria (September 17, 2015)

(as prepared for delivery) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, honored guests, members of the press.  Please allow me to stand on existing protocols. If I had to pick two iconic foods to represent the United States, pizza and ice cream would top the list.  By bringing these two favorite treats together, Domino’s Pizza and Cold ...
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Presidential Proclamation: Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2015 (September 11, 2015)

On September 11, 2001, America experienced the worst terrorist attack in her history when nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were taken from us, leaving their families and our Nation with a void that can never be filled.  But those who brought hate to our shores and smoke to our skies did not expect our ...
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Charles H. Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs – Remarks – Press Availability (September 8, 2015)

(As prepared for delivery) The United States sees Nigeria as one of our most important partners in Africa.  It has Africa’s biggest population and its largest economy, and we look to Nigeria not only as a friend and ally but also as a leader that can be Africa’s biggest engine of growth over the coming ...
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Charles H. Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs – Remarks at the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce Recepti

(As prepared) Let me start by thanking the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event this evening as well as the SME Finance Conference tomorrow and Wednesday. The Embassy tells me that the NACC is a very active voice for business in northern Nigeria and a strong link between the Nigerian and U.S. business ...
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We were saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye.  Nigeria lost a distinguished ambassador who will be dearly missed.  On behalf of the people of the United States and President Obama, we express our deepest condolences to his wife and his family. Over ...
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MR ZELTAKALNS: Welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive online video platform for engaging international media. I’m delighted to welcome participants today from around the continent and around the world. I’d like to send a special shout-out to our watch parties in Abuja, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Lagos, Libreville, Lome, and Luanda. Today you’ll be speaking ...
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Remarks for Ambassador Entwistle – 2015 Enactus National Competition (August 12, 2015)

The Civic Center, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, VI, Lagos Good afternoon everyone, all protocols observed. This is an exciting time to be in Nigeria.  You had a successful election, historic in that it marks the first democratic transfer of power from one party to another and the first transfer of power from an incumbent president to ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer Access Nigeria and Sierra Leone Conference (August 10, 2015)

Good morning, I would like to thank Partners for Democratic Change and the CLEEN Foundation for the opportunity to speak to you today.  It is great to see so many of our civil society and government partners here.  The United States is committed to helping Nigeria fight corruption and improve governance, and we look forward ...
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Ambassador Entwistle Chats with Nigerians on Facebook (July 31, 2015)

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 ...
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FACT SHEET: The Global Health Security Agenda (July 28, 2015)

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa continues to galvanize global attention and resources as the international community strives to eliminate active cases and help the affected countries recover.  African leaders and African Union officials have shown extraordinary leadership in addressing the outbreak. The epidemic highlighted the urgent need to establish global capacity to prevent, detect, ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the People of Africa (July 28, 2015)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much. Madam Chairwoman, thank you so much for your kind words and your leadership.  To Prime Minister Hailemariam, and the people of Ethiopia — once again, thank you for your wonderful hospitality and for hosting this pan-African institution.  (Applause.)  To members of the African Union, distinguished guests, ...
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Kerry on 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (July 27, 2015)

REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry  At the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Ceremony Dean Acheson Auditorium SECRETARY KERRY: Sarah, thank you very, very much. Thank you all for being here this morning and witnessing my first three yards on one crutch in public. (Laughter.) If my doctor sees that, I’m in serious trouble. (Applause.) ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Peace, Security, and Countering Violent Extremism in Africa (July 27, 2015)

The United States is committed to working with our African partners to address peace and security challenges on the continent and across the globe.  While expanding our cooperation with governments in Africa to combat the growing terrorist threat across the continent and protect African communities, we are engaging in holistic efforts to help governments and ...
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FACT SHEET: Advancing Democracy, Human Rights, Gender Equality, Wildlife Conservation, and Governance in Africa (July 26, 2015)

The United States is committed to supporting African countries’ efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, support civil society, advance gender equality, improve governance, and protect human rights.  We view these efforts as priorities not just because they are vital by themselves, but also because good governance and human rights underpin sustainable economic growth and peaceful and ...
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FACT SHEET: Deepening the U.S.-Africa Trade Relationship (July 26, 2015)

President Obama has prioritized promoting U.S. trade with and investment in Africa, building Africa’s trade capacity, and extending preferential access to the U.S. market for African products.  U.S. non-petroleum imports from Africa increased by 46 percent and U.S. goods exports to Africa increased by 59 percent since 2009, evidence of growing trade ties between the ...
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Remarks by President Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (July 25, 2015)

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you. (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Please, please, everybody have a seat.  Good morning! AUDIENCE:  Good morning! PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Tanga jumbo. Thank you so much, President Kenyatta, for your timely remarks, your warm welcome, and the great work that has gone into hosting this summit.  It is wonderful to be back in ...
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U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry Remarks With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (July 21, 2015)

SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. I am very honored to welcome somebody who’s become a friend, the president of Nigeria, President Buhari. I first met him when I went over there before the elections, and we had occasion to talk about the importance of the election process. It was in the middle of the campaign. And ...
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USTDA Partners with Nigerian Renewable Energy Company on Solar Power Project (July 21, 2015)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today, during Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency provided a grant to Quaint Global Energy Solutions for a solar power project they are developing in northern Nigeria. “This project is a great example of how the U.S. and Nigeria are working together to ...
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REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT BUHARI OF NIGERIA BEFORE BILATERAL MEETING (July 20, 2015)

Oval Office 11:14 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it’s a great pleasure to welcome President Buhari and his delegation here to the Oval Office for his first visit since the historic election that took place. Nigeria is obviously one of the important countries in the world and one of the most important countries in the ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken – Press Statement – AS DELIVERED (July 9, 2015)

Thank you very much, and good morning to everyone. I’m very pleased to be with you today in Abuja, and I want to thank the Nigerian government and the people of Nigeria for a very warm welcome. As noted, I am joined by the Ambassador of the United States to Nigeria Jim Entwistle and the ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle – Independence Day Remarks at U.S. Embassy Abuja (July 4, 2015)

Abuja | July 4, 2015 (As prepared) Distinguished Guests, all protocols observed. Good evening, everyone.  I’m pleased to welcome you to the celebration of the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence announcing the United States’ independence as a sovereign nation. I’d like to thank Amikaeyla Gaston, all the way from Oakland, ...
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Statement by the White House on the Visit of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria (June 25, 2015)

On Monday, July 20, President Obama will host Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House.  The visit will underscore the United States’ longstanding friendship with Nigeria, our commitment to strengthening and expanding our partnership with Nigeria’s new government, and our support for the Nigerian people following their historic democratic elections and peaceful transfer of ...
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2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (June 25, 2015)

On June 25, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress.  The reports, now in their 39th year, are available at  State.gov/humanrightsreports and HumanRights.gov/reports .  Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance.  They are ...
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Transcript: Telephonic Media Briefing with U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets Arun Kumar (JUne 22, 2015)

MODERATOR: Greetings to everyone from the US Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our callers who have dialed in from across Africa. Today we are joined by Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and the Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar. Assistant Secretary ...
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Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on Ramadan (June 17, 2015)

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity. It is also ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – World Autism Awareness Day (June 17, 2015)

Abuja | June 17, 2015 (As prepared for delivery) I am pleased and honored to be here today to offer my encouragement and the support of the U.S. government to all of you on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day. One of the strongest partnerships between the governments of Nigeria and the United States ...
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Briefing with Members of the U.S. Government Delegation to the African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield; Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Representative of the United States to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission of Africa; and Ambassador Donald Booth, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Moderator: Hello, everyone. I am Camille Dawson, Director ...
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Remarks by Maria Brewer on the send-off occasion of the YALI Washington Fellows (June 13, 2014)

Good morning, I’m the Chargé d’Affaires, and you are welcome to the send-off for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI.  These young men and women are among the first 500 Washington Fellows selected to participate in this program taking place in the United States. The Washington Fellows will arrive tomorrow at 20 of ...
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U.S. and Nigeria Partner to Improve Stored Grain Capacity (June 10, 2015)

 Since 2010, the United States and Nigeria have held technical workshops to improve food security through reducing postharvest losses. On June 2-10, several U.S. organizations partnered with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and University of Ibadan to train public and private sector representatives on grain management, storage for small to large-sized warehouses, and silo ...
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Transcript – Live at State with Assistant Secretary For African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and AFRICOM General David Rodriguez on U.S. Fore

Via Teleconference MR ZELTAKALNS:  (In progress) the State Department’s virtual interactive press conference.  Thank you for joining us.  And a special hello to those viewing at our watch parties today in our embassies in Angola, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and Zambia.  I’m pleased to welcome back to the Live At State stage Assistant Secretary of State ...
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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Nigeria to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect of the Fed

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Nigeria to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on May 29, 2015. The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable James F. Entwistle, U.S. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Mandela Washington Fellowship Pre-Departure Orientation (May 19, 2015)

May 19, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  To use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. This is an exciting time to be in Nigeria.  You had a successful election, historic in that it marks the first democratic transfer of power from one party to another in a largely peaceful and well-organized process.  ...
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U.S. Ambassador Congratulates Newest Mandela Washington Fellows (May 19, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General today recognized 40 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The White House ...
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Presidential Delegation to Inauguration of Nigerian President (May 18, 2015)

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Remarks by Economic Counselor Alan Tousignant World Intellectual Property Day (April 27, 2015)

(as prepared for delivery) As my Ambassador likes to say, “All Protocols observed.” On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I would like to commend the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Intellectual Property Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Nigeria Bar Association for hosting today’s event. Last Friday, the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Mentoring Series Earth Day Program U.S. Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria (April 22,

Abuja | April 22, 2015 Greetings, Humphrey Alumni and honored guests.  All protocols considered! This is an exciting time in Abuja.  Nigerian democracy shines like a beacon across the continent.  Now more than ever, it is up to you, as Nigerians, to come together with a clear set of priorities for the future. The United ...
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“When Nigeria Decides, Nigeria Wins” – By U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield (April 20, 2

The world takes notice when Nigerians, citizens of Africa’s largest democracy, decide.  By participating peacefully and enthusiastically in the recent electoral processes in March and April, millions of you stood strong to re-affirm Nigeria as a leader for democracy in Africa—and around the world.  It was an honor for me to lead the U.S. observer ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Nigerian Election Results (April 2, 2015)

The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria and the Nigerian Government on historic and largely peaceful elections the weekend of March 28.  We especially applaud all voters who showed patience and demonstrated their commitment to participate in the democratic process. The United States commends Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Attahiru ...
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Readout of the President’s Calls with Nigerian President Jonathan and President-Elect Buhari (April 1, 2015)

President Obama today spoke with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and separately with President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari to commend them for their leadership during Nigeria’s recent election. The President applauded President Jonathan for putting Nigeria and its people before politics by conceding the election and calling on his supporters to accept the outcome peacefully. President Obama congratulated ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (March 30, 2015)

Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on March 28.  The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders. So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process.  But there are disturbing indications that the collation process—where the votes are finally counted—may be subject ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on March 28. The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders. So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process—where the votes are finally counted—may be subject ...
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State Department #YALICHAT with Young African Leaders Goes Viral

Yesterday, using hashtag #YALICHAT, more than 12,000 people joined Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel (@Stengel) for the first in a series of live Twitter chats on the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Young African Leaders Network (YALN), briefly out-trending the ever popular hashtag #Beliebers worldwide. YALI is ...
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Nigeria: U.S. Government Assistance in Support of Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections (March 26, 2015)

Peaceful and credible elections are essential to Nigeria’s development.  And as the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria’s stability is crucial to the security and economic prosperity of its neighbors.  The United States seeks to support Nigeria’s leaders and its people in their efforts to build a multi-party democracy that addresses the aspirations of all ...
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Security Adviser Rice’s Meeting with Nigerian Minister Gusau (March 25, 2015)

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Nigerian Minister of Defense Aliyu Mohammed Gusau National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today with Defense Minister Aliyu Mohammed Gusau of Nigeria. Ambassador Rice noted Nigeria’s upcoming presidential elections on March 28, and, echoing President Obama’s message to the ...
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Remarks by Consul General Jeffrey Hawkins Training of Trainers Workshop for the Avian Influenza Outbreak Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria (March 23, 2015)

All protocols duly observed. Good morning all. It is my pleasure to be here at the official opening of this very important training. We are here because the avian influenza outbreak is ravaging the poultry industry in Nigeria. I am encouraged to see you all today. I know each person trained here represents a ripple ...
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President Obama’s Message to the Nigerian People (March 23, 2015)

President Obama’s Message to the Nigerian People View video here: http://wh.gov/iWP3O BEGIN TEXT Hello.  Today, I want to speak directly to you—the people of Nigeria. Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you’ve made.  Together, you won your independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions.  You’ve strived to ...
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Global Spotlight is Firmly Fixed on Nigerian Elections – Op-Ed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond(M

Nigeria’s more than 70 million voters will soon go to the polls to choose their country’s leader for the next four years. Whether the victor is incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan or opposition challenger General Muhammadu Buhari is entirely for Nigerians to decide. Around the globe, Nigeria’s friends will be united in hoping that the vote ...
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U.S. Ambassador Entwistle Commends INEC on PVC and Card Readers for 2015 Elections, Cautions Politicians against violence (March 5, 2015)

As Nigerians prepare to go to the polls in less than three weeks, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle has urged politicians to show enough courage and maturity in accepting the results of the polls without resorting to violence even when poll results do not go their way. Ambassador Entwistle also commended the Independent ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month (February 27, 2015)

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Throughout history, extraordinary women have fought tirelessly to broaden our democracy’s reach and help perfect our Union.  Through protest and activism, generations of women have appealed to the values at the heart of our Nation and fought to give meaning to the idea that ...
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United States Senate Condemns Vicious Attacks by Boko Haram, Urges Credible and Transparent Elections in Nigeria

Senate unanimously condemns Boko Haram’s terrorism and urges the Nigerian government to hold safe, credible, and transparent national elections Washington – The United States Senate this week voted unanimously to condemn the vicious attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram against innocent civilians, especially women and children, and called on Nigeria’s government to ensure its upcoming national ...
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Online Media Briefing with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. February 25, 2015

MODERATOR:  Welcome to Live at State, the State Department’s online, interactive, international press conference.  We have received questions from journalists across Africa over the last couple of weeks, and if you haven’t had a chance yet to ask your question, you can still do so on the bottom, left-hand corner of your screen now.  If ...
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Remarks by Consul General Jeffrey Hawkins Premiere of Selma Rock Cathedral, Lekki Sunday (February 8, 2015)

Thank you, Pastor Paul. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Good evening. Let me take this opportunity to commend Pastor Paul and his congregation for their extraordinary efforts to promote peace and dialog.  In the past two and half years, I have had the privilege of getting to know this remarkable man.  I have been deeply impressed ...
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Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2015

NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2015 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For generations, the story of American progress has been shaped by the inextinguishable beliefs that change is always possible and a brighter future lies ahead. With tremendous strength and abiding resolve, our ancestors — some of whom were ...
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Secretary John Kerry – Remarks at a Press Availability in Lagos, Nigeria (January 25, 2015)

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon, everybody. I am really delighted be here in Nigeria. And I was just admiring the extraordinary view and this wonderful location. I’m particularly pleased to be here at this particular moment, just a few weeks before one of the most important elections that this country has held. And this will be ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (January 16, 2015)

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FEDERAL HOLIDAY, 2015 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATION A champion for justice, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped awaken our Nation’s long-slumbering conscience and inspired a generation. Through a cacophony of division and hatred, his voice rang out, challenging America to make freedom a ...
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Obama Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Human Rights Week (December 9, 2014)

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AND HUMAN RIGHTS WEEK, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On December 10, 1948, nations from six continents came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This extraordinary document affirmed that every individual is born equal with inalienable rights, and it is the responsibility ...
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Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence: A Global Call to Action (November 24, 2014)

Each year, on November 25, we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, culminating in Human Rights Day on December 10.  Established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, these events create a global platform for action by governments, organizations, and ...
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Remarks for Chargé Maria Brewer – Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria Annual Lecture, Nigerian Institute of International A

Protocol List: Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chair of the House Committee on Diaspora Matters for the National Assembly Other distinguished panelists: Professor Akindele Oyebode; Barrister Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi Distinguished alumni of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship and other programs, Distinguished guests, Members of the press, Ladies and Gentlemen, And just in case I forgot anyone, let me ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Brewer – Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop Bolingo Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria (November 12, 2014)

Protocol: Director General, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) Alhaji Bature Umar Massari Guest Speaker Ndidi Nwuneli Other distinguished speakers Members of the media Participants; AND, as I love to say, All other protocols duly observed! I am very pleased to be able to be here to recognize the success of this ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Jackson Visits Nigeria (October 31, 2014)

As the 2015 general elections approach, Robert Jackson, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (PDAS) for African Affairs, recently concluded a visit to Nigeria meeting with government, business, and civil society representatives in an effort to continue strengthening the U.S.-Nigeria partnership. On October 28, PDAS Jackson met with Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Independent ...
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Press Statement: John Kerry, Secretary of State – International Religious Freedom Day (October 27, 2014)

Freedom of religion is a core American value, but it is not an American invention. It is the birthright of every individual, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The freedom of religion is a priority for President Obama, as it is for me as Secretary of State, because it is essential to human ...
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White House Facts on U.S. Aid to Nigeria Against Boko Haram (October 14, 2014)

FACT SHEET: U.S. Efforts to Assist the Nigerian Government in its Fight against Boko Haram In April 2014, the world was horrified to learn that the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram had abducted approximately 270 girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. In the six months since, some girls have been reunited with their families, ...
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Transcript: Press Interview with Ambassador James F. Entwistle in AUN Yola (October 10, 2014)

Ambassador Entwistle:  Good morning to all of you.  I’m delighted to be here this morning.  Actually it’s not my first time in Adamawa but it’s my first time in Adamawa on the Nigerian side of the border.  I started my career a long long time ago in Cameroon and I visited Adamawa Province in Cameroon.  ...
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President Barack Obama’s National Day Message for Nigeria (September 30, 2014)

Dear Mr. President: As Nigeria marks its 54th anniversary of independence on October 1, the American people join me in wishing the people of Nigeria a memorable celebration filled with joy and increased national unity. Nigeria continues to play a key leadership role in Africa and at the United Nations in promoting regional peace and ...
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Nigeria National Day Message – John Kerry, Secretary of State (September 30, 2014)

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1. Our peoples enjoy an enduring partnership founded on shared values of democracy, security, and respect for human rights and the rule of law. The United States and Nigeria ...
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Over 40,000 Nigerian Households to Benefit from U.S. Development Initiative (September 25, 2014)

Sokoto – Today, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a five-year, $20 million project that will improve local economic development and increase the incomes of 42,000 households, contributing to President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative to end global hunger and extreme poverty.  Working with six Nigerian civil society organizations, ...
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Opening Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary Duckenfield at DEMO AFRICA, Lagos, Nigeria (September 25, 2014)

Hello everyone, and thank you having me here at this exciting and third annual DEMO AFRICA event. Before I get into my remarks, I want to introduce a special message from the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is a strong supporter of entrepreneurship initiatives globally and especially here on the continent. Today kicks ...
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Tens of Thousands of Nigerian Households to Benefit from Latest U.S. Project (September 25, 2014)

On September 25, Maria Brewer, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, launched the Support to Vulnerable Household Accelerated Revenue Earnings (SHARE) program during a ceremony in Sokoto State.   SHARE seeks to improve local economic development and increase the incomes of 42,000 households in Sokoto, Kebbi, and the Federal Capital Territory. ...
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Remarks of U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Mrs. Maria Brewer – Support to Vulnerable Households for Accelerated Revenue Earning (SHARE) Project Lau

Protocols The Honorable Governor, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko The Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Adewunmi Adesina The Sultan of Sokoto, Mahammadu Sa’adu Abubakar All protocols duly observed. Good morning.  I am very happy to be here today to celebrate the official launch of SHARE, a project offering Support to Vulnerable Households for ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa (September 16, 2014)

As the President has stated, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States.  In order to contain and combat it, we are partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and ...
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Obama on Plans to Destroy ISIL (September 10, 2014)

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people.  Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Visit to the Ebola Emergency Center, Lagos (September 5, 2014)

Thank you for the opportunity to visit the Ebola Operation Center in Lagos.  I am in Lagos for barely two hours and felt this is an important visit that I need to make.  I have heard about the impressive work of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) response team and wanted to personally tell you that ...
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As prepared: Opening Remarks for A/S Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Participation U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Regional Security Working Group (Sept

Good morning to you all.  I am pleased to be with you today for the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission’s meeting of the Regional Security Working Group.  Let me begin by thanking the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Martin Uhomoibhi for hosting us here today. I am pleased to be joined here by U.S. ...
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Opening Remarks for A/S Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Participation U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Regional Security Working Group Thursday, Se

Good morning to you all. I am pleased to be with you today for the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission’s meeting of the Regional Security Working Group. Let me begin by thanking {LEAD for Nigerian Delegation} for hosting us here today. I am pleased to be joined here by U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle. My delegation ...
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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Travel to Nigeria, Cameroon, and England (September 2, 2014)

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield is traveling to Nigeria September 2-5. She will attend a regional Ministerial meeting on Boko Haram on September 3. The following day Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield will co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission’s Regional Security Working Group. During her visit, she will also meet with ...
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Opening Remarks Deputy Chief of Mission, Maria E. Brewer – Signing of a Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) between USAID/Nigeria and Syngenta Nige

Protocol: The Representative of the Honorable, Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development The Country Director, Syngenta Nigeria, Dr. Shachi Sharma Distinguished Invited guests Members of the press All other protocols observed Good evening all.  I want to start by saying thank you for coming to this signing ceremony.  Some really wonderful, talented people have worked ...
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More than 500,000 Farmers to Benefit from Partnership to Improve Crop Yields (August 26, 2014)

Abuja, Nigeria — Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Syngenta Nigeria signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to train more than 500,000 farmers and agro-dealers across multiple states and crops.  This MOU builds on a global MOU between USAID and Syngenta and will ensure that Nigerian farmers have access to the ...
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New U.S.-Nigeria Partnership In Agriculture to Benefit More than 500,000 Farmers (August 26, 2014)

 President Obama’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative is paying off in Nigeria as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Syngenta Nigeria yesterday signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU).  The MOU will train more than 500,000 farmers and agro-dealers across multiple states and ensure that Nigerian farmers have access to the best ...
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American Ambassador James Entwistle Reads to Children in Abuja (August 21, 2014)

 In partnership with the United States Mission in Nigeria, the American Corner-Abuja held a Summer Reading Program for children between the ages of six and twelve. The program, themed “Spark a Reaction,” started on August 4 and ended with an award ceremony on August 21, 2014.  More than 100 children participated in the program, which ...
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Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on World Humanitarian Day (August 19, 2014)

We pay tribute today to the world’s humanitarians – those unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of natural disasters pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities. One of the great privileges of serving as Secretary of State is getting to see ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa (August 4, 2014)

“[I]f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression. … Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S.–African Cooperation on Global Health (August 4, 2014)

The United States has for decades invested in the health of Africa’s people, helped train its health and science professionals, and partnered with Africa to meet shared challenges.  As the world’s largest donor to global health, we are committed to working with African governments to improve the health of their citizens, and to reaching our ...
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FACT SHEET: Shared Investment in Youth (August 4, 2014)

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with approximately 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24 – a number expected to increase to 330 million by 2034.  Africa also has the fastest growing population in the world. In fewer than three generations, 41 percent of the world’s youth will be African.  ...
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FACT SHEET: Investing in African Trade for our Common Future (August 4, 2014)

Increased regional and international trade has been one of the drivers of Africa’s extraordinary average annual GDP growth rate of 5.1 percent over the last decade.  President Obama and his Administration are committed to sustaining and accelerating this growth through a comprehensive strategy to realize the potential of a renewed African Growth and Opportunity Act ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S.-African Cooperation on Food Security (August 4, 2014)

Since coming into office in the midst of a global financial and food crisis, President Obama has made food security a foreign policy priority. Building on commitments first made by African leaders at the African Union (AU) Summit in Maputo in 2003, the President led the G-8 in 2009 in launching a global food security ...
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Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice “Africa and America: Partners in a Shared Future” at the United State Institute for Peace, Washingt

Good morning, everyone.  Thank you Kristin for that very generous introduction.  And thank you all for being here.  In particular I want to acknowledge and thank members of the African diplomatic corps for being here.  And it’s wonderful to see so many friends and colleagues and folks that I’ve been honored to work with over ...
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Remarks by Secretary John Kerry at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (July 28, 2014)

SECRETARY KERRY: Wow. What a great group. Thank you. Please, sit down. Sit down, sit down. Thank you. It is so good to see you all. Welcome. You having fun? AUDIENCE: Yes. SECRETARY KERRY: I’m glad to hear it. It’s just beginning. And the President’s going to get a chance to speak with everybody before long. That’ll be ...
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Remarks by the President in Town Hall with the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (July 28, 2014)

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  (Applause.)  Hello, everybody.  Thank you.  (Applause.) Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  We’re just getting started here.  Well, hello, everybody.  (Applause.)  Welcome to Washington.  I know most of you are visiting our country for the first time.  So on behalf of the American people, welcome ...
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Nigeria, U.S. Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Electric Power (July 25, 2014)

 Power Africa, an initiative of President Barack Obama designed to significantly increase the amount of electricity available in sub-Saharan Africa, received a major boost yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the governments of the United States and Nigeria.  U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James F. Entwistle and the Minister of Power ...
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Nigeria, U.S. Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Electric Power (July 24, 2014)

Abuja, Nigeria — The governments of the United States and Nigeria have agreed to work together to increase access to and availability of electricity in Nigeria. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Thursday, July 24, 2014 to coordinate the implementation and support of institutional reforms, privatization, and regulation of the power sector. U.S. ...
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Ambassador Entwistle Meets Kano’s New Emir (July 14, 2014)

 United States Ambassador James F. Entwistle paid a courtesy call on Kano’s new Emir, Malam Muhammadu  Sanusi II on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  The Ambassador offered his personal condolences and that of the United States Government to the people of Kano on the passing of the previous Emir, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Abdullahi Bayero, (Emir from ...
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LiveAtState: U.S.-Africa Relations, the YALI Summit, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit – Linda Thomas-Greenfield Assistant Secretary, Bureau of

MS. JENSEN: Good afternoon and welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web chat platform for engaging international media. I’m your host, Holly Jensen, and today I’m delighted to welcome Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Today she’s going to be speaking with you about U.S.-Africa relations, the YALI Summit, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders ...
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U.S. Remains Optimistic about Nigeria’s Greatness – Ambassador Entwistle (July 8, 2014)

 Security cooperation, youth empowerment, free and fair elections, health, Niger Delta and economic partnerships remain major pillars of our robust engagement with Nigeria and such partnerships run deep according to U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James F. Entwistle.  Ambassador Entwistle spoke at a reception of more than 600 guests invited to celebrate the 238th independence anniversary ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry on Ramadan Kareem (June 28, 2014)

As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish the millions of Muslims here at home and so many more all around the world Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is a time for peaceful reflection and prayer, a time for acts of compassion and charity — universal values and aspiration ingrained in every human heart. Across the ...
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A Nigerian Is Among Ten 2014 TIP Report Heroes (June 28, 2014)

The State Department has named 10 TIP Report Heroes, among them Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba.  During the unveiling of the 2014 TIP Report on June 20, Mrs. Jedy-Agba was personally honored by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for her outstanding work to combat trafficking in persons.  Additionally, Mrs. Jedy-Agba and the ...
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President Obama’s Message to Muslims on Ramadan (June 28, 2014)

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan. A time for self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting, Ramadan is also an occasion when Muslims around the world reaffirm ...
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World Refugee Day 2014: We must not lose sight of what remains to be done – U.S. Ambassador Entwistle (June 23, 2014)

 With more than 32,000 people forced to flee their homes everyday around the world due to strife, violence and the sad cycle of war, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James F. Entwistle says that “regardless of efforts to support refugee situations around the world, the biggest part remains to do everything possible to resolve the underlying ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June 20, 2014)

The Department of State joins the world in celebrating LGBT Pride Month and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBT persons around the globe. In the United States, we have made marked progress in tearing down the unjust and unfair barriers that have prevented the full realization of ...
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Young African Leaders Initiative: Washington Fellows Arrive at U.S. Host Institutions (June 18, 2014)

Last weekend marked the arrival of the 500 Washington Fellows and the formal start of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) .  The Washington Fellowship aims to empower 500 of Africa’s most promising young leaders through academic coursework at U.S. colleges and universities, leadership training, networking, and professional ...
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Wheels Up for Nigerian Contingent to YALI (June 15, 2014)

Today, the U.S. Charge d’Affaires Maria Brewer handed over travel documents to 26 pioneer leaders from Northern Nigeria to participate in this year’s Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders (YALI).  YALI is a signature program of President Barack Obama’s to invest in the next generation of African leaders. In the month of March, the U.S. ...
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Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall to Travel to United Kingdom (June 10, 2014)

U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will travel to London, U.K., from June 11 to 13 to represent the United States at the London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram, as well as attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict . The London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram is a continuation of the May 17 ...
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Remarks by President Obama at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day (June 4, 2014)

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, Warsaw!  (Applause.)  Witaj, Polsko!  (Applause.) Mr. President; Mr. Prime Minister; Madam Mayor; heads of state and government, past and present — including the man who jumped that shipyard wall to lead a strike that became a movement, the prisoner turned president who transformed this nation — thank you, Lech Walesa, for your ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Maria Brewer for the YALI pre-departure orientation May 21 2014

Good afternoon.  It is my pleasure to be with you today as you take the first step in your journey as participants in the 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the signature program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI, initiated by President Obama. You are among the 500 participants from around Africa ...
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Boko Haram: The Growing Threat to Schoolgirls, Nigeria, and Beyond (May 21, 2014)

Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to discuss Nigeria’s struggle against Boko Haram, one of the most lethal terrorist groups in Africa today. Over a month ago, the world was shocked when Boko Haram kidnapped over 250 young women from a secondary school in Chibok. The ...
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Building a Sustainable Economic Partnership Remarks prepared for Penny Pritzker, Commerce Secretary (May 21, 2014)

It is an honor to address such an esteemed group of Nigerian business leaders, entrepreneurs, and students.  I want to thank you for welcoming us and our dynamic and diverse group of 20 American companies that are joining us on this energy trade mission. Let me start by telling you why we are here. President ...
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Letter from the President –War Powers Notification on Chad (May 21, 2014)

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Approximately 80 U.S. Armed Forces personnel have deployed to Chad as part of the U.S. efforts to locate and support the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who are reported to have been kidnapped in Nigeria. These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Leads Energy Trade Mission to Nigeria and Ghana (May 20, 2014)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is leading 20 American companies on an Energy Business Development trade mission to West Africa, specifically to Ghana and Nigeria. Secretary Pritzker arrived in Lagos on Tuesday for a three-day visit. This Trade Mission will promote U.S. exports and expand U.S. companies’ presence in Africa by helping American firms ...
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On the Record Briefing: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Gre

MODERATOR:  Well, thank you all for coming.  It’s a great honor for us to have Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman with us today.  Ambassador Sherman was sworn in as Under Secretary of State in September 2011.  She served as Counselor for the Department of State from 1997 to 2001, as well as Special ...
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Boko Haram and U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance to Nigeria (May 14, 2014)

“The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime, and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice. I will tell you, my friends, I have seen this scourge of terror across the planet, ...
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Live At State: U.S. Commitment to sub-Saharan Africa – Remarks: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs (May 14,

MS. JENSEN: Hi, welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web chat platform for engaging international media. I am delighted to welcome those of you joining us from around the continent in Africa today. I would like to send a special shout-out to those of you joining us from our watch parties in the Democratic Republic ...
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Pentagon outlines plans to help rescue kidnapped girls in Nigeria (May 7, 2014)

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Wednesday unveiled its plans to help rescue more than 200 girls who were kidnapped by Islamic militants in Nigeria. At the direction of the White House, the U.S. military will send a small team of experts to the embassy in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to form an interagency “coordination and assessment ...
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State Department Daily Briefing: U.S. Assistance to Nigeria (May 7, 2014)

QUESTION: I’ve got two questions on Nigeria. MS. PSAKI: Okay. QUESTION: Hi, by the way. MS. PSAKI: Hello. QUESTION: Can you repeat once more what the support looks like that you’re going to provide to the Nigerian Government? MS. PSAKI: Sure. I have a little bit of an update too, so maybe I’ll do this ...
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U.S. to Help Nigeria in the Search for Kidnapped Girls (May 7, 2014)

More than three weeks ago, on the night of April 14, a group of militants kidnapped more than 200 teenage girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. In a video released earlier this week, Abubakar Shekau, who leads the terrorist organization Boko Haram based in northeast Nigeria, claimed that his group was ...
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Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall To Travel to Indonesia, Burma, and Nigeria (May 2, 2014)

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will travel to Indonesia, Burma, and Nigeria from May 5-14, 2014. On May 5, Under Secretary Sewall will lead the U.S. delegation to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) 2014 Steering Committee Ministerial Meeting, hosted by the Government of Indonesia in Nusa Dua, ...
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FACT SHEET – 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (February 27, 2014)

On February 27, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the United States Congress.  The reports, now in their 38th year, are available on State.gov and HumanRights.gov .  Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance.  They ...
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Obama on Delegation to Attend Nigeria’s Centenary Celebration (February 25, 2014)

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Attend Nigeria’s Centenary Celebration President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to attend Nigeria’s Centenary Celebration, February 27-28, 2014. The Honorable Thomas Shannon, Jr., Counselor of the Department of State, will lead the ...
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Press Statement – John Kerry, Secretary of State – Recent Attacks by Boko Haram (February 23, 2014)

Unspeakable violence and acts of terror like the ones committed by Boko Haram last week in northern Nigeria are horrific, wrong, and have no place in our world. Last Saturday, a brazen attack on the village of Izge, Nigeria, near the border with Cameroon took the lives of more than one hundred innocent people. Not ...
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United States – Nigeria Binational Commission – Opening Remarks by U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield (

Greetings, It is a pleasure to be here with you today and to be back in Nigeria for the third time since becoming Assistant Secretary of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  My frequent trips here are a sign of how much the United States values the friendship and partnership between our two ...
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LiveAtState Virtual Press Conference with Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield (February

MS. JENSEN:  Hi.  Welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web-chat platform for engaging international media.  I’m your host, Holly Jensen, and I would like to welcome all of you joining us today.  I would like to send a special shout-out to those of you joining us at our 20 watch parties in 18 countries ...
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Presidential Proclamation — National African American History Month, 2014 (January 31, 2014)

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Americans have long celebrated our Nation as a beacon of liberty and opportunity — home to patriots who threw off an empire, refuge to multitudes who fled oppression and despair. Yet we must also remember that while many came to our shores to pursue ...
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Speech by U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Maria Brewer at the National Stakeholders forum on Electoral Reform (January 28, 2014)

All protocols duly observed. Good morning everyone.  I am pleased to be here today for the National Stakeholders Forum on Nigeria’s Electoral Reform.  I would like to thank the Independent National Electoral Commission, the International Republican Institute, the International Foundation for Election Systems, and the Ken Nnamani Center for organizing this event in collaboration with ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary Announcing the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit (January 21, 2014)

The White House is pleased to announce that the United States will host the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 5 and 6, 2014.  President Obama looks forward to welcoming leaders from across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital to further strengthen ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day 2014 (January 15, 2014)

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, 2014  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In 1786, the Virginia General Assembly affirmed an ideal that has long been central to the American journey. The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, penned by Thomas Jefferson, declared religious liberty a natural right and any attempt to subvert it ...
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Telephonic press conference on the topic of the Obama Administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)’s Washington Fellowship Program (Januar

Grant Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs on the National Security Staff of the White House and Shannon Green, Acting Senior Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council Moderator: Hello to everyone to the US Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome ...
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Applications Open for Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) (December 23, 2013)

U.S. Embassy Abuja is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) will be accepted until January 27 at http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov . Qualified applicants must be 25 to 35 years old, proficient in spoken and written English, and resident in Nigeria. Dual citizens or permanent residents of the United States ...
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Statement by President Barack Obama on South Sudan (December 20, 2013)

In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan’s people.  In recent years, against great odds, South Sudan has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history. Today, that ...
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Ambassador Samantha Power Urges Nigeria Civil Society to Remain Steadfast for Democracy (December 18, 2013)

The United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations and member of President Obama’s cabinet, Ambassador Samantha Power, visited Nigeria on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. She met with President Goodluck Jonathan and other government officials, as well as civil society leaders. In her meetings, she emphasized the importance of free, fair, and transparent elections; respect ...
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U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle Presents Credentials to Government of Nigeria (November 26, 2013)

Abuja, Nigeria – U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria James F. Entwistle presented his credentials to His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria, on November 26, 2013.  The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Entwistle on August 1, 2013 after he was nominated for the ...
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