Nigeria National Day – Press Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 1, 2018 I would like to convey warm wishes to the government and people of Nigeria on the 58th anniversary of your independence. Nigeria remains a key partner and friend of the United States. Through its strengthening democracy, its dynamic economy, and the great ...
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Forging New Strategies for U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment – Remarks of Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at the AGOA Forum

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Robert, for that kind introduction, and good morning, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with you this morning. On behalf of Secretary Pompeo, I’m honored to welcome you to the State Department. And on behalf of the United States Government, I’m delighted to open the 17th annual Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and ...
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Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us today to mark the release of the 18th annual Trafficking in Persons or TIP Report. It is an honor to ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Pompeo – United States Commemorates World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record levels, it is vital that new actors ...
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Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC May 29, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the  International Religious Freedom Report . I’d like to first introduce Secretary Pompeo, who will give some brief remarks and an announcement. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 – 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Presidential Delegation to Inauguration of Nigerian President (May 18, 2015)

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Nigeria to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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