by Hauwa Gambo
In Ibadan yesterday, the United States
Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence McCulley made it clear that his country’s government did not predict Nigeria’s break-up by 2015 – noting that a “private agency” made the remarks as part of an independent survey.
The reported predicted has been sited by many new reports and analysis on Nigeria’s recent sectional crises
“No US government official predicted that Nigeria will break up by 2015,” he told journalists after a meeting with the Oyo state government. “That statement must have emanated from a private agency but clearly not from the government. I must state at this point that the US is interested in Nigeria as a very important country in Africa. We have been impressed by the role played by Nigeria in the peace process in the sub-region and even beyond.”
He repeated that the government of the United States sees Nigeria as a strategic partner in keeping the peace on the continent.
Mr. McCulley also described the ongoing activities of Boko Haram as “unfortunate”, adding that his country is assisting Nigeria with techonlogy to combat the rising problem.
He praised the recent #OccupyNigeria protests – adding that Nigerians “protested peacefully, for the most part, from Lagos and Ibadan to Kaduna and Kano. “