By John Ikani
The United States has assured of its readiness to assist Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism in the country.
US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard gave the assurance during a meeting with journalists in Abuja on Monday.
The assurance comes amid allegations made by prominent Nigerians about the existence of terrorist sponsors in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Responding to question on if the US was ready to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria, Leonard said talks were ongoing on the matter.
According to her, “that is something we are very eager to partner Nigeria on. I have had at least three conversations in the last two months on this subject.
“I won’t like to go into details.”
She also allayed fear that the US partnership with Nigeria might end up like that of Afghanistan.
According to her, Nigeria has had a strong bilateral relationship with the US, saying that the situations are not the same.
She added, “I hear people making the analogy with Afghanistan a lot, it does not match up.
“When you listen to what President Biden said on how troops went to Afghanistan in the first place, it was because they were in a horrible tragedy, over 3,000 Americans were killed.
“That is a different construct. The sovereign nations who have had strong bilateral relations. I don’t actually think the two match up”.