“Even as individuals become families and families become communities, and communities become nations, so eventually must the nations draw together in peace.’’ – Marjorie Watts
The U.S. has been investing in the people of Nigeria for decades. Both countries have thrived via bilateral relationships and diplomatic support. From assisting in Nigeria’s fight against malaria to family planning services. From reproductive healthcare to bolstering basic education. My partner is a Mandela Washington Fellow & a close friend is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow. The impact/reality of the relationship between both countries is close to me.
Both countries collaborate in the area of economic growth. Nigeria is a participant in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Nigeria benefitted from a $270 million grant in the 2007 fiscal year. These collaborations range from electoral stability to economic concerns. These interventions impact millions of Nigerians. Making the talk of democracy a welcome idea for even the most sceptical Nigerian.
Democratic governance & values is a key call to action by the U.S. to Nigeria. Democracy alongside peace and security. I see both countries as accountability partners. There is evidence of adherence to human rights norms. Both countries also work with the European Union. They assist Nigeria overcome corruption, terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.
To me, the sixty years of the United States and Nigeria relationship are full of pleasant memories. Full of mutual respect and potential. Both countries have invested in people. I have seen both countries work on economic growth, peace and security. The U.S. has helped Nigeria remain accountable in governance through democracy. It is no wonder that 69% of Nigerians view the U.S. favourably as published by a 2014 global Opinion Poll.