Jonathan was defeated in the March election by former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.
He said it was noteworthy that Obama himself did not have his full cabinet in place for several months after first taking office.
In Nigeria, the upsurge in violence comes after the May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim whose election pledge was to defeat the extremists.
An extremist group affiliated with the jihadist organisation Islamic State capped off the end of the holy month of Ramadan with a series of terror attacks including suicide bombings in Nigeria, killing scores of people, sparing not even the children.
Becoming defensive when questioned about America meddling in poor nation’s domestic affairs, Thomas-Greenfield unapologetically responded that the U.S.is proclaiming that homosexual rights is “one of the highest priorities and strongest values”.
Officials from the former administration were openly critical of American policy toward Nigeria. It’s not the only country like that, but Nigeria has been a major oil producer and it also has large reserves of natural gas, so Nigeria of all countries should now be making electricity available from the national grid for the greater majority of Nigeria, but the opposite is the case. Joseph, a fellow at The Brookings Institution who specializes in African politics with an emphasis on Nigeria, has also taught at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
Other events on Monday include Media Chat with the Secretary of Commerce, ECOWAS Ambasssdors in Washington, US Attorney General, Secretary of Treasury and a group of potential investors.
Others at the airport to receive the president included the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Boko Haram may pose a security threat, but so does Shabab in Kenya.
Buhari is confronting a raft of other problems: a budget crisis, with teachers and public servants unpaid in some areas; entrenched corruption; and widespread inequality and poverty, particularly in the north, where the Boko Haram insurgency has been raging. The group has targeted civilians in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad, abducted hundreds of women and girls, forcibly conscripted young men and boys, and destroyed villages, towns, and schools. He specifically reiterated his commitment to fighting corruption.
Three decades on, Nigeria is yet to recover billions of dollars illegally siphoned off to US banks and businesses. If DOJ’s recent indictment against officials of the Federation of global Football Association is any guide, the USA could easily catch Nigerians in the United States, who have enriched themselves using an ill-gotten wealth. This is an exceptional turnout for Washington, D.C.in July and with Congress in recess.
“On both issues of tackling insurgency and corruption in Nigeria, we look forward to how the United States can partner Nigeria to become an outstanding role model for developing countries”, President Obama said. Buhari praised Obama for demanding that the Nigerian election be transparent and fair.