Nigeria and the United States of America, on Thursday, rounded off their regional security cooperation working group meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was co-chaired  by the Permanent Secretary, Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin  Uhomoibhi and  the United States’ Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Wendy Sherman.

The Nigerian delegation included officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Defence, Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigeria Police, Department of State Security, National Intelligence Agency, Borno State government and Civil Society Organisations while the United States delegation included officials from the Department of State, Department of Defence, the United States Agency for International Development, and the White House.

During the meeting, both countries acknowledged that terrorism posed a threat to Nigeria’s national development and regional stability, and global security and expressed the determination and commitment to further improve and support measures put in place by the Nigerian government to address the security challenges.

They noted the fundamental responsibility of government to preserve life, protect the population, and fairly administer justice and agreed on the importance of good governance, accountability, and economic development in building a prosperous and peaceful future for all Nigerians.

The governor of Borno State, Kasheem Shetima, who attended the meeting, reaffirmed the importance of the state government in building a peaceful and prosperous society and made commitment to good governance, accountability and economic development towards resolving the conflicts in northern Nigeria.

On its part, the Federal Government made commitment towards ensuring the protection of the fundamental human rights of all citizens, including terrorism suspects.

Meanwhile, both countries pledged to collaborate on communications strategies to engage communities in Nigeria on issues of peace and security.

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