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Pres. Obama on Buhari’s Time in Office: I Appreciate His Work so Far

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President Barack Obama on Monday expressed confidence in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the multiple challenges facing Nigeria.

Obama gave the assurance in Washington DC, when he received President Muhammadu Buhari, who was on 4-day official visit to the U.S.

According to him, Buhari has come with a clear agenda to tackle the problem of insecurity occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram sect as well as other violence criminal activities.

Obama expressed appreciation to Buhari’s leadership style so far, saying that his administration would continue to assist and help Nigeria in overcoming its challenges.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome President Buhari and his delegation here in the White House for his first visit since the historic election that took place. Nigeria is obviously one of the most important countries in the world, one of the most important countries in the African continent.

Recently, we saw an election in which a peaceful transition to a new government took place. Nevertheless, the people of Nigeria understand that only through a peaceful political process that can change takes place.

President Buhari came into office with reputation for integrity and a very clear agenda that is to make sure that he has been bringing safely security and peace to his country.

He is very concerned about the spread and the violence that is taking place there and the atrocities and has a very clear agenda in defeating Boko Haram and extremists.

I want to emphasised how much I appreciate President Buhari’s work so far. I have seen him put together a team so that we can do everything that we can to help him succeed and help the people of Nigeria succeed,” Obama said.

Obama also assured that American government would continue to partner with Nigeria in ensuring political stability in Africa and around the world.

He described Nigeria as one of the most important countries in the world and congratulated the country for conducting peaceful elections.

He also commended Nigeria for taking leadership position in the fight against the spread of diseases like Ebola and Polio and pledged that his administration would continue to accord Nigeria the necessary recognition to bring peace to Africa and the world.

In his remarks, President Buhari commended the American Government under the leadership of President Obama for mounting pressure on former Jonathan’s administration to conduct a free and fair election in Nigeria.

According to him, Nigeria will remain forever grateful to America for this singular act.

The visit of the Secretary of State before the elections to see the former president, the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission and the opposition was a positive trend that “saw us through the elections’’.

Buhari further stated “.. the maintenance of pressure by United States mainly and Europe to make sure that the elections were free, fair and credible made us to be where we are now. It would have been almost impossible if the United States did not maintain the pressure on the former Nigerian Government.’’

Buhari, therefore, thanked Obama for inviting him to visit his country as well as his administration’s support to Nigeria.

Governors of Nasarawa, Borno, Imo, Oyo and Edo States as well as some Nigerian government officials accompanied the president during the visit.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

31 Comments

  1. Ashley

    July 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Oshobaba. hmmm looking sharp.

  2. FasholasLover

    July 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Yeeeeeiiiiiiii. Yiiiiiiipeeeeeee. America has endorsed us. America has given permission for Ministers to be appointed.

    Go and watch the Dullards lastest embarrassment on SDK.

    • Keep Going

      July 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      About 46 Months left! Keep going! You can do it!!

    • rembrndt

      July 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      And you are right behind her panting.

    • Bola

      July 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      You are sounding frustrated. No die on top Buhari’s matter o

    • FasholasLover

      July 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      If this is a sign of frustration, Biko I want to be frustrated. The frustrated ones like you and your ilk are those who take every criticism to heart.

      seiba pum. u know wharram saying? Gerrarahere mehn Shit!

    • Talk is cheap

      July 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      @FasholasLover, u are just a clown. Hehehehe

    • Hmmmm

      July 21, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      America and Europe can endorse Nigeria all they want. If Nigerians don’t make their country work themselves, you have proved once again, Africans, Nigerians are bunch of senseless, incompetent group of people who can’t govern themselves. People that can’t apply their knowledge. People that shout but have nothing to offer. People that have all the resources in the world but can’t use it. It will explain why the whole continent was colonized and years later it’s still the same.

      If Nigerians are smart as they claim, they will know with all this propaganda of all these meetings in Europe with Cameron to U.S Obama comes with a price. The west don’t associate with you without any beneficial agenda or they are out to get you.

    • Angel

      July 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      @Hmmmm, I would have liked your comment 1 million times if it were possible, that’s the problem with Nigerians – educated illiterates, most believe cos they are able to string sentences together in English and have some certificates, it means they are learned, but most of them can’t reason at all with their brain, it’s pathetic. I have also been wondering what this our latest romance with America gonna cost us, meanwhile my fellow countrymen are rejoicing cos according to them Obama ‘endorsed them’ mtcheeew. Nigeria situation is hopeless walah!

  3. Renix

    July 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Biko, where is Amaechi?

    • ShineShineShine

      July 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      He was busy smoking Igbo behind the fence when others left for the meeting with Obama.

  4. jwezee

    July 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Efff America…Nigeria is a blessed and full of potential. we don’t need the approval of any country…high time we understand this

  5. annie Mbz

    July 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    i don’t get all this propaganda o, why is Obama thought so important than the thoughts of Nigerians that Buhari is ruling? enough of this Obama this and Us that. All this in the bait to bring gay right here. Buhari when they finish brainwashing you or telling you all the juicy things to gain from them, you will come back. since Naira starts depreciating on a daily basis this people has never come up with any economic or financial ideas to shoot up our Naira/economy,How many of the united states owned businesses are here? in the name of help. Chibok girls are still not home, Borno and its evirons are still living in refugee camps, Obama don’t think its a problem… BUHARI we are watching, the main reason behind all this Buhari/obama meetings will be in the open soon. Yes o! i may never have liked GEJ/ his government, don’t blame me ojare. we all wanted a sharp shooter president specially with the insurgency situation everywhere but just like Adam my eyes yaf open. well i think some things are clearer to me now, like the US may even be the major brain behind Boko Haram, so with that the then president may seem incapable, cos with terrorism on the lips of everyone as a complain people won’t really pay attention to other gimmicks. Btw am beginning to doubt this Chibok story now sef. God please save this nation, as bad as it is, its all we ‘ve got.

  6. Beauty Ain't Cheap

    July 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Oshiomole don chop money. Him no dey wear khaki again. Corrupt comrade.

  7. charles

    July 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Great. . .Anything to make this administration succeed is welcomed (cos there will be no excuse for failure) .The US has promised to help Nigeria recover looted funds.

  8. Beeeee

    July 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Sorry o, but what exactly has Buhari done that Obama is appreciating? Fire and hire people? Is he appreciating the increased activities of Boko Haram or what? I wish he had just continued from where Jonathan left off in the battle against Boko Haram. Has anyone heard one bullet fired against Boko boys since Buhari entered office? He should restructure all he wants but they should start some kind of offensive or something. Innocent people are dying every day. Also, I wish our president would give a speech without mentioning Jonathan’s name. Is this how he will continue for the next four years?

    • Precious

      July 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you oh! I just tire. After 4 years, he’ll still blame GEJ, like GEJ is the only president Nigeria has ever had. As if he isnt part of the past administrations that has led Nigeria to where it is now, especially the military.

  9. nene+

    July 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    …….and the monach continue to take pictures.
    “keeping up with Buhari series”
    Sick of this unserious govermnemt
    Come back and prepare for UK and South Africa to honour Jacob Zuma while your Chief of Army staff is doing press up under camera.

    Buhari didn’t wait a single second to appoint media aid and the paparazzi crew. How come he will wait till end of year to appoint ministers?

    Keep the pictures coming,your fans are relishing .
    By the way Adams look good,while Almakura couldn’t hide his admiration for Obama.
    Rochas and his pot belly with muffler amuses me. I hope these governors did not go with hairs sticking off their noses.

    No single technocrat bunch of salary debtors!

  10. Taipan

    July 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    This is the most talked about!!! guess it is Buhari’s best achievement so far, kudos Buhari for visiting Obama,…Naija stand up lets celebrate this hypocrisy in the highest order

  11. yelloW sissy

    July 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Two good heads are better than one

  12. Professor X

    July 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Free and fair elections??? Jokers!
    Of course, Buhari would have won over GEJ but by a narrower margin than what was reported. You may think it does not matter but it spells doom for future elections.

    How can you explain a state under insurgency such as Borno (factor in poverty and illiteracy) turning out 300k more votes than Enugu (peaceful and insurgent-free)?
    Issorai!!!

    • Talk is cheap

      July 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Plus no vote of the 199999999999999 was voided in backward Kano? How?? But may God help Nigeria.

    • molarah

      July 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Professor…did you look at the Population Census results? Do you have any idea what the childbirth rates are in the North, compared to the South? Please live up to your professor moniker and research before you type.

  13. ba

    July 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Baffling this praise speech about USA and Europe encouraging our free and fair elections. Small ‘than you’ and it’s ok … ewo ni ‘we are forever grateful’ – that’s really superfulous abeg. This is esepcially because we need to consistently pass the message that we are and can be self reliant. If

  14. ba

    July 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Correction: ”thank you’

    … If Nigerians did not work and insist on fair and fair elections, no external influence could have made it happen. The credit goes to us and of course one excepts an acknowlegement of the Ex- President as well. We need to learn to show that we stand together as a nation before outsiders – what the President implied with that speech is that the former government would have done the right thing without external pressures. Now that is debatable but before the world, President Buhari should have projected his predeccessor and the past government in more positive light in honour of the image of Nigeria and her citizens.

  15. Tunmi

    July 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Tsk all men

  16. J.J

    July 21, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I have not seen Buhari, done anything since he assumed the office as the president of Nigeria. To start with, this Man is old and he did not go to school. He should go and rest so that someone who is capable will take over. Secondly i want to emphasize on this issue of appointing only the Northerners as the chief of staff. what happened to all the educated and qualified south East people?…hmmm!….BUHARI, what’s really going on in your mind?
    Since this old man assumed the position of president of Nigeria, he has been traveling from one country to another. What he is looking for is what i don”t know…….please BUHARI or whatever they call you, sit down and bring the change you promised Nigeria or these your traveling from one country to another part of the change?…I tire for you ooo!.

    • truth

      July 21, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Your ethnic bias is showing clearly. You accuse buhari of appointing only northeners, then you go on and ask if their are no competent southeasterners(igbo). You are guilty of thesame thing you accuse him of. Your qyestion should have been “are there no competent people from other parts of nigeria?”

      May the gods protect us all.

  17. Iyaafin

    July 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    If you have not seen him done anything, you likely have both sight and hearing issues.
    You can ask the likes of Diezani to tell you “story so far”………….
    The thieves are returning looted funds with fear and trembling!!!
    Nigeria will survive!!!!!!

    • nnenne

      July 22, 2015 at 12:48 am

      @Iyaafin…The only problem is that the real thieves are still rubbing in broad day light , right in front of us and daring us to say a word.
      History has it that our money was once worth more than the dollar. What did the real thieves do with our money? Look at Dubai today!
      Until we become courageous enough to ask all the historic thieves to return our money, we will be chasing shadows.
      I maintain, probe one, probe all.

  18. Truth Teller

    July 22, 2015 at 12:29 am

    There they go again, wailing and lamenting. Buhari is very much educated, get your facts right and straight. Deal with his leadership, remove hatred from your heart and you’ll be just fine. Which one do we deal with in this country? Is it the hate, lack of unity, ethnic bias??? I’m more appalled everyday I see an article on this man, wow!

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