U.S. Congressional Delegation Expresses Support for Nigeria in Confronting Security Challenges (August 4, 2015)

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A U.S. Congressional delegation led by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) visited Nigeria from July 31 to August 4 to discuss regional security and counterterrorism issues.  Other members of the delegation included Rep. Randolph Farenthold (R-TX), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

During the trip, the delegation met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, leadership of the National Assembly, and the Nigerian military to discuss the security challenges facing the country.

At a press conference, the members of Congress reiterated that the United States is willing to provide all that Nigeria needs to fight Boko Haram, especially in the area of training and supply of technical capabilities.

Rep. Issa said, “We heard what we wanted to hear loudly and clearly that [the Nigerian government has] a commitment for human rights support; [it has] a commitment to end the corruption that has robbed so much from the people of Nigeria, and that in fact, democratic government is secure here in Nigeria.”

The delegation also encouraged Nigerians to see the Boko Haram problem as an attack on all and commended the Bring Back Our Girls movement for its commitment to the return of the Chibok girls and other kidnapped Nigerians.

The delegation started its visit in Lagos where it met business leaders, policy makers, and   leading political figures.  The interactions focused on strengthening bilateral relationship with Nigeria in good governance, trade and investment, and security cooperation.