Chargé d’ Affaires David Young – Remarks at the 6th Africa Land Forces Summit 2018 – Abuja

Early in my diplomatic career, I served in Vietnam, a nation in which we, the United States, obviously have a long and complicated military history.  During my tour in Hanoi, I learned about the story of Captain Roger Donlon – the first person to win the Medal of Honor for his actions in that conflict. ...
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U.S. Consul General F. John Bray Graduation – Ceremony for Fellows of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative

I want to start by thanking some of the people who made all of this possible tonight. First off, thank you to our Public Affairs Section for working so hard to make sure that the finances for this program are maintained and distributed each year.  Thank you to our CYFI alumni coordinators for your tireless ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young Talking Points for World TB Day 2018 Commemoration

I am delighted to be a part of today’s event in observance of World TB Day 2018. March 24 or World TB Day each year is aimed at building public awareness that tuberculosis or TB remains an epidemic in much of the world. In Nigeria alone, TB claims more than 1.5 million lives annually, according ...
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Remarks by U.S. Consul General F. John Bray TechWomen Mentoring Program for Nigerian Female STEM Leaders

Good morning everyone. It is an honor for me to welcome the 16-member delegation of senior tech executives and professionals from the Silicon Valley who promote STEM education and technology in the United States. These delegation members represent organizations as diverse as Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, and Mozilla. Among them are also representatives of Autodesk, WomenCollege ...
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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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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 – 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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Remarks of Consul General F. John Bray Closing Gong Ceremony at the Nigeria Stock Exchange

Thank you, Chief Executive Officer Oscar Onyeama for hosting my visit to this important institution and discussing the Nigerian capital market. Members of the board, management and staff of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, gentlemen of the press, it is my pleasure to be here today. Let me start by telling you why I am here. ...
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Remarks By Acting Consul General Darcy F. Zotter At the Opening of Disability-Friendly Digital Hub Agege, Lagos

Good morning everyone. It is an honor for me to welcome you to the opening of this technology and entrepreneurship hub for persons living with disabilities. I would like to recognize the Lagos State Director for the Office of Disability Affairs, Dr. Adebukola Adebayo. I am happy to learn that Dr. Adebayo is a 2013 ...
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Deputy Secretary Of State John Sullivan Opening Remarks: U.S.-Nigeria BNC

Thank you for your warm welcome, Foreign Minister Onyeama. It is a pleasure to be here in Nigeria and an honor to lead the U.S. delegation to this year’s U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission. I am joined by colleagues from the State Department, USAID, the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and our Trade Representative. As the interagency makeup ...
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Remarks by CG F. John Bray – The 2017 RoboRAVE Robotics Workshop and Competition at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta

I want to first thank former President Obasanjo for allowing RoboRAVE Nigeria to use this amazing facility. It is a pleasure to be here. Mr. President, your support for education in Nigeria, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in particular, is admirable. I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge Mr. Kingsley ...
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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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Consul General F. John Bray – Talking Points at the Opening of RoboRAVE – Lagos

Welcome to the opening of a week of robotics learning and challenges. As some of you may know, this is the first such event in sub-Saharan Africa. There will be two days of trainings in Lagos followed by three days of training and competitions at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential library in Abeokuta. In Lagos separate ...
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Consul General F. John Bray Opening Remarks VOA Journalism Training – Lagos

Welcome and thank you all for being here today. It is exciting to see such strong interest in deepening and broadening your skills as journalists. I want to express my deep appreciation to our workshop trainers: Senior Investigative Analyst Jeffrey Young and Digital Managing Editor Kathleen Struck for accepting our invitation to come to Nigeria ...
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Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for Screening of The IF Project

Welcome to the Abuja Film Festival and tonight’s screening of The IF Project. The U.S. Embassy is proud to support the Abuja Film Festival for the second year in a row and the wonderful week of film it offers the city and the country. We’re especially proud tonight to feature The IF Project, one of ...
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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: Challenges and Prospects for Advancing Durable Peace

Remarks Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC (As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning. Thank you, President Lindborg, for the kind introduction. I am grateful to you and Ambassador Carson for the invitation to participate in this important symposium on Nigeria. It is great to be back ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission David Young’s Goodwill Message at NACC-Kaduna SME Conference and Exhibition

(as prepared for delivery) Honorable Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment Okechukwu Enelamah Chief Famutimi, National President of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce Matthew Obogbaimhe (oboe-buy-EEM-hey)– President and Chairman of the Kaduna Chapter of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, an active and valuable partner of our Embassy CD Glin, CEO and President of ...
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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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Remarks for Consul General F. John Bray Official Opening of the Lady Labs Innovation Hub Founded by IVLP Alum Abisoye Ajayi

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen! I am very pleased to be here in Yaba once again to support another chapter in our collective efforts to increase access to digital technology and technology-based entrepreneurship. A couple of weeks ago, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington opened one of Africa’s 10 Priority American Spaces here ...
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Acting DCM Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for Education Pre-Departure Orientation

Good morning, parents, friends, and most importantly students.  It’s my pleasure to join you for this morning’s send-off in advance of your departure to the United States.  I want to thank the Public Affairs team, especially the advisors of EducationUSA – Shade, Lilian, Kathryn, and Malate – for their support of all young Nigerians who ...
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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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Remarks By U.S. Consul General F. John Bray 2017 EducationUSA Pre-Departure Orientation

As prepared for delivery Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen! Congratulations to all of you who have been selected to attend U.S. colleges and universities for the 2017-18 academic session. Many of you in this room have received scholarships to attend prestigious universities like Howard University, Syracuse University, Drexel University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, University of ...
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Chargé d’Affaires David J. Young – Remarks for “Report Yourself” Website Launch

Distinguished guests, I want to thank you once again for participating in this outstanding initiative to address corruption in Nigeria.  Nigeria is the single most important strategic partner for the United States in Africa and in order to successfully further our shared goals, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria has made combating corruption a central priority.  ...
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Commissioning Of Jikoko Community Clinic Supported By U.S. Ambassador’s Small Grants Program

Remarks of David J. Young Chargé d’Affaires It is my pleasure to participate in this commissioning ceremony as health is one of the priority areas of U.S. development assistance in Nigeria. The U.S. – Nigeria partnership on HIV/AIDS began in 2004 through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — known as PEPFAR. From ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on the Risk of Famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Northeast Nigeria

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 16, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Ambassador. Thank you to Deputy Secretary-General Mohamed, Mr. Bousquet, and Mr. Tamburini for your briefings today. In the marshes of South Sudan, famine means that people are trying to ...
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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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Remarks by U.S. Embassy Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam – Book Donation in Honor of John Paul Usman

University of Ilorin May 16, 2017 John Paul Usman was a 2016 Mandela Washington fellow and final year student Information and Communication Science at University of Ilorin. (Note: he was studying Information and Communication Science) Unfortunately, he died during his fellowship at Virginia Tech University while on a site visit to Cascade Falls on June ...
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Remarks by U.S. Embassy Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam – Inauguration of Osun State Chapter of U.S. International Exchange Alumni

Good morning. All protocols duly observed. It is wonderful to see alumni of different Department of State exchange programs. As alumni of one of the 20 exchange programs that the Department of State has sponsored over the years in Nigeria you join more than one million Department of State alumni worldwide. It is my honor ...
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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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DCM, David J. Young, World Malaria Day Remarks

His Excellency, Alhaji Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, Executive Governor of Zamfara State; The Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Foundation and Malaria Private Sector Ambassador; and Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Program. Ladies, Gentlemen and members of the press, good morning and thank you for coming ...
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Remarks by Consul General F. John Bray – Emerging Entrepreneurs Conference

Thank you for coming today. Welcome to the Consulate’s first Conference for Emerging Entrepreneurs. I am very pleased that FSD/VTE and the Consulate were able to identify so many aspiring entrepreneurs among Young African Leadership Initiative network members in Nigeria. At the end of these two days I hope that all of you — the ...
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Remarks by INL Director Rosalyn Wiese Advanced Human Rights Trainings for Nigeria Police Force

New Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria (as prepared for delivery)  Good morning AIG Training Emmanuel Inyang and all NPF Officers and staff.  All other protocols observed.  Thank you for joining us today. As you know, the United States is partnering with the Government of Nigeria to support efforts to deploy additional civilian security, particularly police, to northeast ...
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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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Remarks by INL Director Rosalyn Wiese Tent Donation Ceremony

NPF Police Headquarters Borno, Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria (as delivered) Good morning, AIG Jibrin, SEMA Executive Chairman Satomi, Commissioner of Police Chukwu and all NPF Officers and staff.  All other protocols observed.  Thank you all for joining us today. Significant progress has been made in the fight against Boko Haram, thanks to many of you, and we ...
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Statement by Ambassador W. Stuart Symington – U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Working Level Meeting

Today’s Working Level Meeting of the United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission reaffirmed the depth of cooperation between our two countries.  Representing the United States were officials from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. These senior officials formed three principal ...
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U.S. Embassy Abuja Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young Remarks for International Anti-Corruption Day Roundtable

Welcome Honorable Justices of the Appeals Court, Honorable House and Senate Anti-Corruption Committee Chairs all other protocols observed. Good morning and welcome to the U.S. Embassy.  We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to host this distinguished group to discuss one of the most important policy issues of our time – fighting corruption.   Tomorrow, we will commemorate ...
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The Challenges and Opportunities of Managing a Recessionary Economy: The American Experience – Consul General F. John Bray

Remarks at the 2016 Hubert Humphrey Alumni Association Annual Lecture  Good morning. It is a pleasure to meet so many Hubert Humphrey Fellow alumni and their guests. In particular I want to acknowledge Chairman Chief Olabintan Famutime, Ayodele Teriba, and Henrietta Onwuegbuzie. When I was first asked to give this talk I wondered which American ...
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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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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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David J. Young Remarks for the Embassy Election Night Watch Event

Good Evening Officials of the Nigerian Government Members of the diplomatic community Representatives of civil society Alumni of U.S. exchange programs Members of the press All protocols observed, It is my pleasure to welcome you to what I am sure will be a great night.  In the U.S., millions of my fellow citizens are performing ...
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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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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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Prepared Remarks of Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim David J. Young – EducationUSA Annual College Fair

Members of the Nigerian education community, representatives of U.S. colleges and universities, parents, and most importantly students, it’s my pleasure to be with you this morning to open the 17th Annual EducationUSA College Fair. It’s been a number of  years since I was in your shoes, but I remember the optimism, excitement, and challenge of ...
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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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Blair King’s Remarks at JONAPWD Informal Welcome Home to Nigeria’s Paralympians

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. And a special welcome home to Nigeria’s Paralympic athletes, some of whom have taken the time to join us today. We are in the presence of some of Nigeria’s most powerful people. And with all due respect to Dr. Ankeli, I am not referring to political power. [NOTE: all the ...
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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 – 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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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Maria E. Brewer Opening of West Africa Cyber Initiative Bilateral Workshops (July 25, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery)  Good morning.  Ladies and gentlemen, investigators from various Nigerian law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, other members of the Nigerian government, and our many visitors from the U.S. government, thank you for coming out this morning.  All protocols observed. It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to the West Africa Cybersecurity ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer Nigeria Agriculture Private Sector Partnerships Launch (July 18, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery) Chief Audu Ogbeh, Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; His Royal Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano; all other protocols observed.  Good morning and welcome to the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. government is pleased to host this launch to support our Feed the Future presidential initiative.  Feed the Future ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer EducationUSA Pre-Departure Orientation (July 14, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery) Good morning!  If you will please allow me to use my favorite Nigerian expression:  All protocols observed. Congratulations to all of you who have been selected to attend U.S. colleges and universities.  I know many of you have also been awarded scholarships.  I am proud and pleased to see so many ...
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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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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer Flag-Off Activities and Commissioning of the Joint West African Research Group (June 23, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests: good morning. Thank you for coming to this important event. The United States is deeply committed to working with you, the Nigerian people, and with your government for many years to come.  One of the areas in which we continue to work very ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle World Sickle Cell Day (June 20, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  Thank you for coming today to support the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation.  The foundation is improving awareness of the sickle cell trait to educate people on the choices they face in reproductive decisions when a parent has sickle cell. Also, thank you to Nkem Azinge, one of our very ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Hand-over of Insecticide Treated Nets to RSO support staff (June 3, 2016)

June 3, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning. Thank you for coming to this important event. On April 25 this year, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to observe World Malaria Day. Of course, for many Nigerians, every day is malaria day—a day to keep up the fight against this killer disease. Malaria ...
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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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Deputy Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken – National Statement at Lake Chad Basin Regional Security Summit (May 14, 2016)

Good afternoon. President Buhari, your Excellencies, distinguished ministers, it is an honor to join you today and express our profound appreciation to President Buhari and the people of Nigeria for hosting us. [Introduction repeated in French] Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with young Nigerian entrepreneurs and innovators who are pioneering new frontiers in ...
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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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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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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle World Press Freedom Day: Protecting Press Freedom from Censorship and Surveillance (May 3, 2016)

Abuja | May 3, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good afternoon, everyone.  I am honored to join the fourth estate today.  Please allow me to use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. We gather here to celebrate an important freedom—the freedom of the press.  World Press Freedom Day received its inspiration from the Declaration ...
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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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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Press Availability Following a Meeting with Nigerian P

(AS DELIVERED) QUESTION: Madam Ambassador, when you spoke about two days ago, America and other Western countries gave us hope that they will be assisting in the location and rescue of the girls. [Inaudible.] What has the American government been doing, or what does it intend to do, to help Nigeria locate and rescue the ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer – Abuja Opening of Curves International Apo, Abuja (April 15, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery)  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen and honored guests.  Please allow me to stand on existing protocols. On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I welcome this occasion to expand U.S. commercial presence in Nigeria for the mutual benefit of both our nations.  Today, the launch of Curves Fitness Center in Abuja marks ...
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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 – 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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Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Brewer’s Brief Remarks Celebrating Women History Month 2016 Theme: Education and Entrepreneurship (March 23, 2016)

(As prepared for delivery) As part of the U.S Mission to Nigeria’s series of activities to commemorate Women’s History Month 2016, I have the pleasure of opening up today’s event organized by the U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA Advising Center. Women’s History Month accentuates the contributions of women in society, and today’s program is one the many ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Maria E. Brewer Digital Video Conference and Panel Discussion on the Challenges Faced by Women and Victims of Terro

(as prepared for delivery) Good afternoon, everyone.  All protocols observed. March is Women’s History Month.  While we often use this month to celebrate the many accomplishments of women, today we take the opportunity to focus on women as some of the most vulnerable victims of trans-national terror and violent extremism. Today, as I speak to ...
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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 Consul General John Bray Women’s History Month Program “Women in Leadership and Good Governance” (March 8, 2016)

Good morning everyone. Please allow me to stand on all existing protocols.  I’m delighted to be with you this morning to celebrate Women’s History Month.  First of all, let me welcome to the Consulate Professor Remi Sonaiya who has joined us as a key note speaker.  As the first female presidential candidate for the Kowa ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Launch of the Healthymagination Mother and Child Initiative (March 3, 2016)

Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja | March 3, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good evening. All protocols observed. Your presence here is an acknowledgement of the importance of women and children’s health in Nigeria. The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is honored to partner with General Electric (GE) and the Government ...
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Remarks by USAID Mission Director Michael T. Harvey – Launch of Northern Education Initiative (March 2, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery)  Good afternoon.  I stand on existing protocols. I am honored to be here with you today for the launch of the long-awaited Northern Education Initiative Plus.  This five-year activity will invest approximately $58 million in Bauchi to strengthen the state’s ability to deliver quality education. Through this collaboration, nearly 2 million ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Joint Combined Exchange Training Opening Ceremony

Jaji, Nigeria February 17, 2016  (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  It’s my pleasure to be here this morning. As President Buhari recently stated, Boko Haram’s “reign of terror will only succeed if peace-loving people choose to remain idle.  But I am confident that through our collective efforts, we will defeat this scourge and restore ...
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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Remarks – “Boko Haram and its Regional Impact” (February 9, 2016)

INTRO Good morning everyone.  Thank you Representative Bass for that kind introduction.  I’m not going to go through protocols.  I see all of my Ambassadors here in the room.  And they know that we are all working together on Africa policy, so I will just say all protocols observed. I am so pleased to have ...
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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 by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony for Routine Immunization in Kaduna (January 20, 2016)

Sokoto State State Government House, Kaduna | January 20, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  I would like to begin with my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. On behalf of the U.S. government, I have the honor to witness the signing of these Memoranda of Understanding for Routine Immunization in Borno, Kaduna, Sokoto, ...
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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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Goodwill Message by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer International Anti-Corruption Day Commemoration Event (December 9, 2015)

(as prepared for delivery) His Excellency Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria.  All other protocols observed. Good morning.  On behalf of the Embassy of the United States of America, I am pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate my nation’s support to the international campaign towards eliminating corruption.  Today, we commemorate the UN ...
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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 Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer at the 75th Anniversary of U.S. Government Exchange Programs (December 8, 2015)

(as prepared for delivery) Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, in front of such an august group, all I can say is . . . all protocols observed! I am pleased and honored to welcome so many of our celebrated exchange alumni this evening to commemorate the 75th anniversary of U.S. exchange programs worldwide.  I also ...
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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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Remarks by USAID Deputy Mission Director Aler Grubbs Handover Ceremony of Relief Supplies from Procter & Gamble to UNICEF for Internally Displaced

(as prepared for delivery)  Good morning, representatives of Procter & Gamble and UNICEF.  All other protocols observed. On behalf of the U.S. Government, I would like to welcome you all to this handover ceremony.  This generous action by Procter & Gamble comes at a time when the security situation in the northeast remains unstable and ...
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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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Remarks by Economic Counselor Alan Tousignant Global Innovation through Science and Technology TechConnect Event: Knowing When to Seek Capital and Whe

(as prepared for delivery)  Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome all of you from the technology, business, civil society, and government sectors to this Global Innovation through Science and Technology speaker and discussion session.  This year, we are honored to partner with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Africa ...
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Remarks by PAO Dehab Ghebreab State Spokespersons’ Workshop Lagos (November 16, 2015)

Good morning. I am delighted to join Lagos State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, to open this very important workshop.  Thank you, Commissioner Ayorinde for joining us.  I also want to express deep appreciation to Mr. Eduardo Cue for, once again, accepting our invitation to come to Nigeria to facilitate this workshop and share ...
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Pre-Recorded Video Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Opening of the State Government Spokespersons’ Workshop, Kaduna (November 12, 2015)

Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna | November 12, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Hello, I’m James Entwistle, Ambassador of the United States of America to your marvelous country, Nigeria.  I am delighted to join my good friend, His Excellency Governor Nasir El’Rufai, to greet you through this video, on the opening of this two-day workshop for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Opening of the Federal Government Spokespersons’ Workshop, Abuja (November 9, 2015)

Valencia Hotel, Abuja | November 9, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. I am delighted to join the Minister of Information this morning to open this very important workshop for you.  At the request of President Buhari, the United States is assisting the Nigerian government to enhance their press operations.  Last month, Vice ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Ambassador’s Small Grants Program Signing Ceremony (October 30, 2015)

Abuja | October 30, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) I am delighted to join you all this morning to recognize the promising work of 35 organizations covering 20 Nigerian states.  For over two decades, the U.S. Ambassador’s Small Grants Program has partnered with local NGOs throughout Nigeria, funding small community-based development projects. Using funds from ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Hubert H. Humphrey Exchange Alumni Association Green Embassy Awards Ceremony (October 29, 2015)

Abuja | October 29, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. However, I would like to acknowledge two people: Victor Fodeke for his leadership of the Humphrey alumni program network that is touching the next generation of Nigeria’s leaders. My wife Pam Schmoll, who has volunteered countless hours behind the scenes, working with the ...
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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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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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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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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Maria E. Brewer – Program Launch for the Year of Action to End Violence against Children (September 15, 2015)

(as prepared for delivery) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  Please allow me to stand on all existing protocols. It is a pleasure to be here this morning with all of you to participate in the launch of the Year to End Violence against Children. The United Nations reports that, every day and in every country, ...
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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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Remarks by Maria Brewer, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, Nigeria – USAID Cooperative Agreement with American University of Nigeria: Grant Award

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I’d like to begin with my favorite Nigerian expression, “All protocols observed.” It is a pleasure to be here this morning with all of you to witness the launch of this exciting new initiative by the American University of Nigeria, with the support of the United States Agency for International ...
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Speech by the Acting U.S. Consul General, Dehab Ghebreab at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Lagos Warehouse-in-a box (August 27, 2015)

PROTOCOL: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health All protocols duly observed. I’m delighted to join colleagues in representing the U.S. government at today’s ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical warehouse here in Lagos.  As you have heard, this facility will be part of a network of warehouses the U.S. Government is supporting ...
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Opening Remarks by the U.S. Consulate Acting Consul General Dehab Ghebreab DHS/Homeland Security Investigations – Cross Border Financial Investigation

I am Dehab Ghebreab, the Acting Consul General at the United States Consulate here in Lagos.  I’m delighted to welcome all of you to the opening ceremony of the Cross Border Financial Investigations Training (CBFIT).  This training is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria E. Brewer – U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations Cross Border Financia

(as prepared for delivery) Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde; Executive Chairman of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Ahmadu Giade, Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullah Dikko Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, David S. Parradang Other Distinguished guests; Colleagues from the U.S. Mission to Nigeria; ...
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Remarks by Information Officer Sean J. McIntosh Pre-Departure Orientation for the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (August 14, 2015)

(as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. Good morning everyone.  I am delighted to welcome you to the U.S. Embassy.  A hearty congratulations to our newest Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program grantees.  You successfully competed with over 200 Nigerians and deservedly earned this honor.  Over the next three days, it will be our ...
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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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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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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. 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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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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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Integrated Humanitarian Assistance for Northeast Nigeria: Grant Signing Ceremony (June 11, 2015)

Abuja | June 11, 2015 (as prepared for delivery)  I’d like to begin with my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. The on-going conflict in Nigeria’s Northeast has created a complex humanitarian and economic crisis that has affected millions of people.  In addition to the 1.5 million people displaced from their homes, many more have ...
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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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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – World Press Freedom Day (May 4, 2015)

Abuja | May 4, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) I am honored to join the fourth estate today.  To use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. This is an exciting time in Nigeria as the nation begins its first transfer of power between political parties via democratic means.  The United States remains deeply committed ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Flag-Off Activities and Commissioning of Clinical Research Center Ministry of Defense Ship House, Abu

Abuja | April 30, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests: good morning.  Thank you for including me in this important event. This is an exciting time in Abuja as Nigerian democracy shines like a beacon across the continent.  We remain deeply committed to working with you, the Nigerian ...
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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 – World Malaria Day/World Intellectual Property Day Commemoration (April 24, 2015)

Abuja | April 24, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests: good morning. Thank you for coming to this important event. Tomorrow, April 25, people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day.  Of course, for many Nigerians, every day is ...
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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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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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Remarks by Counselor for Public Affairs Victoria Sloan -Digital Video Conference on the Judiciary’s Responsibility to a Credible Electoral Process wit

(as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. I am honored to open this special program on the courts’ responsibility to preserving the integrity of the electoral process.  It is quite a timely and relevant topic in Nigeria.   The people of Nigeria and Nigeria’s friends around the world look forward to the 2015 elections and ...
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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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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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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle at the Eisenhower Leadership Series Launch

Good morning!  I’m honored to be part of such a distinguished group of governors and senators and alumni of various U.S. government programs today. To use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed! I am honored to be here at the launch of what we hope will develop into a truly meaningful, educational, and inspirational ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Entwistle – Eisenhower Leadership Series Launch (January 15, 2015)

Abuja | January 15, 2015 (as prepared) Good morning!  I’m honored to be part of such a distinguished group of governors and senators and alumni of various U.S. government programs today. To use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed! I am honored to be here at the launch of what we hope will develop ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Opening of Workshop on “Community Reporting for Building of Democratic Values in the Run-up to the 2015 Gener

Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna | January 12, 2015 Good morning, I’m James Entwistle, Ambassador of the United States of America to your marvelous country, Nigeria.  I am delighted to greet you—journalists from all states of the North and the Federal Capital Territory gathered in Kaduna this week to refine and learn new techniques in election ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Opening of Workshop on “Community Reporting for Building of Democratic Values in the Run-up to the 20

Good morning, I’m James Entwistle, Ambassador of the United States of America to your marvelous country, Nigeria.  I am delighted to greet you—journalists from all states of the North and the Federal Capital Territory gathered in Kaduna this week to refine and learn new techniques in election reporting.  I appreciate that several of you came ...
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Remarks by Consul General Jeffrey Hawkins Arrival of Okpabana (January 2, 2015)

Minister of Defence, Minister Gusau, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Badeh, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Jibrin,  Ladies and Gentlemen, All protocols observed, Good morning, On behalf of the United States, we are very excited to see the arrival of the NNS Okpabana.  The Okpabana represents a significant addition to the Nigerian fleet and ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Brewer – Independent National Electoral Commission Conference on Persons with Disabilities (December 11

All protocols duly observed. On behalf of the U.S. government and the American people, it is my pleasure to offer this goodwill message at this important conference on access for persons with disabilities to the electoral process.  I would like to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission and the United Nations’ Development Program for taking ...
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Remarks for the Lagos Consul General – Nigeria Cocoa Summit Lagos (December 8, 2014)

The Executive Director, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo Leader of the Cocoa Value Chain Program and Representative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Peter Aikpokpodion Former Secretary to the Government of Nigeria, Chief Olu Falae Representative of the Cocoa Association and Members of the Association Representatives of Partnering Organizations – Olam Nigeria ...
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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Maria Brewer – World AIDS Day 2014 Commemoration Event (November 26, 2014)

(as prepared) Good morning!  I am delighted to be a part of today’s event commemorating the 34th World AIDS Day.  This year’s theme, “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation,” captures the essence of our mission to rid the world of this devastating disease. First, we are committed to focusing the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Remarks by Charge d’ Affairs Maria Brewer – Ambassador’s Small Grants Signing Ceremony (August 4, 2014)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, all of our grantees and all the members of the press. I am pleased and honored to see our grantees with us today for the ambassador’s small grants signing ceremony.  These grants that the U.S. Mission supports today represents our continued commitment to investing in Nigeria’s people and complement the ...
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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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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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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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Remarks by Consulate General Jeffery J. Hawkins. Jr. at the grand re-opening of American Corner Port Harcourt at the University of Port Harcourt (Marc

It is my great pleasure to be here in Port Harcourt today for the re-opening of the American Corner Port Harcourt. The commissioning of this Corner is a proud achievement, one that reflects the commitment of the United States Mission to partner with our Nigerian friends to increase opportunities for learning, interaction, and engagement in ...
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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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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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