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US Maintains Support For Nigeria’s Unity Despite Biafra Tension

 
Despite
the steaming agitation for secession from the people of the
south-eastern part of Nigeria, the United States of America Ambassador
to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, has said that his country strongly
believes in one Nigeria and will not cease to work towards the promotion
of the nation’s unity.
Mr. Stuart said this when he spoke on
Monday, June 19, when he led top officials of the embassy on a working
visit to Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, in Ibadan, the
state capital.
The Ambassador described Nigeria as the most
populous black nation adding that the US recognises her strategic
importance in Africa.

Stuart Symington explained that his visit to
the governor was in the furtherance of his country’s mission to explore
new frontiers of partnership for development with African
countries. This, he said, was why he was touring every part of the
Nigeria.


Symington
called on the state government to work with America towards setting a
new pace in socio-economic development, adding that Nigeria was loved
all over the world, especially in the US because of its unity.Stuart Symington: Nigeria's Strength Lies In Its Unity- US AmbassadorStuart Symington: Nigeria’s Strength Lies In Its Unity- US Ambassador
He said:
“This
visit is not just a courtesy call; it is in continuation of America’s
vision and mission. We are looking forward to working with your state to
set up a new pace in development.
“We are happy to be here and
I’m telling you that Nigeria as a country is loved by all Americans and
even in the world for the sake of the unity the country uphold.
“The
US recognizes the strategic importance of Nigeria in Africa. We will
continue to work towards the promotion of the unity of Nigeria because
that is where the strength of the country lies. The US loves Nigeria
because of its unity.”
It was said that Governor Ajimobi had
earlier sought the assistance of the US government in his
administration’s efforts at promoting human capital development and
technical education in the state.

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His words:
“Oyo
State is unarguably one of the safest states in Nigeria and a virile
ground for homegrown and foreign investments. We have established the
Technical University, Ibadan, to drive technological revolution and
breed technical skill acquisition.
“There is an urgent need for
exchange programme for our students who will go to the U.S to acquire
the raw technical knowledge while we will welcome lecturers and resource
persons from American ivory towers to our own institutions to integrate
our goals at reaching the height we envisioned.
“We want more
foreign partners to support our industrialization drive as we have
established an industrial park as well as free trade zone, which would
be the hub of commerce and source of employment generation for our
teeming youths.”

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