Terror Threat: Atiku holds crucial meeting with US State Department officials

With terror threats looming in the country, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar held a crucial meeting with officials of the US States Department in Washington DC.

The meeting, according to a statement by Atiku Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, was held on Friday night and was led by Atiku and Assistant Secretary of the States Department, Bureau of African Affairs, Molly Phee.

According to the statement, the meeting focused primarily on enhancing cooperation with the U.S. authorities on Nigeria’s security challenges, elections and democracy.

The statement revealed that sources from the PDP presidential candidate’s side, “the meeting last night with officials of the States Department could not have come at a better time with the terrorist threat alert by the U.S. UK and Canada and the withdrawal of its non-essential staff by the U.S Embassy in Nigeria.”

The statement further stated that “the focus of discussions was on the critical need to seek collaborative solutions to our local issues on democracy and governance, our deteriorating security and the economy.

“Most importantly, the meeting secured commitments to support for free and fair elections in Nigeria, an announcement of a sanction policy before the elections to deter anti-democratic forces and commitments for continued partnership with Nigeria in areas of security and development.”

Other officials of the States Department at the meeting included the Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID, Karl Fickenscher; Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, Scott Busby and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Michael Heath.

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