...US dumps him

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - Ike Nnamdi
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Signs that America has moved beyond the era of President Umaru Yar’Adua unfolded in Washington yesterday as its top African diplomat called for full international support for Acting President Jonathan Goodluck. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs, Jonnie Carson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on relations with Nigeria that while the administration hopes for a speedy recovery for President Yar’Adua, it was time to move on.

He said the administration supports the action of the lawmakers to resolve the country’s constitutional crisis by elevating the former Vice President. “Mr. Yar’Adua’s absence has generated political uncertainty and has challenged Nigeria’s young democratic institutions.

The National Assembly’s resolution that officially designated Vice President Goodluck Jonathan acting president demonstrated Nigeria’s resolve to find a peaceful solution to the country’s leadership vacum,” he said.
Mr. Carson who just returned from a trip to Abuja said Mr. Jonathan has done remarkably well in the saddle and assured that the administration would continue to provide assistance to the country.

He, however, warned that the future of the country remains in doubt until the government can hold free and fair elections.
“In my meetings with a broad range of political, religious and civil society across Nigeria, I discussed the important role that elections play in democracy. I stressed that Nigeria’s next presidential and national assembly elections scheduled for April 11, (2011), must be credible,” he stated. Carson said despite adding the country on the list of sponsors of terror, the administration remained committed to the progress of Nigeria as a critical ally in a host of international issues.

“We seek to enhance Nigeria’s role as a US partner on regional security but we also seek to bolster its ability to combat violent extremism within its own borders. He says Nigeria has a role to play in dismantling terror groups and that the government should do more to discourage such groups from operating in its territory.
“Nigeria is a partner in counter-terrorism efforts and it is in this context that Nigerians have expressed dissatisfaction with their inclusion in the Transportation and Security Administration’s countries of interest list,” he stated. The White House said the administration would only review Nigeria’s listing as a terror nation after the installation of airport screeners and an audit of the nation’s main airports in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

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