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Terror Alert: Atiku Holds Crucial Meeting With US States Department 

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In the face of the alert and terror risk looming, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar on Friday had an important assembly with officers of the US States Department in Washington DC.

 

The assembly, which targeted totally on enhancing cooperation with the U.S. authorities on Nigeria’s safety challenges, elections and democracy was led by Atiku and assistant secretary, States Department, Bureau of African Affairs, Molly Phee.

 

According to sources from the PDP presidential candidate’s aspect, “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.”

 

A press assertion signed by Paul Ibe, Media Adviser to Atiku, on Saturday, mentioned that, “the main focus of discussions have been on the crucial want to hunt collaborative options to our native points on democracy and governance, our deteriorating safety and the financial system.

 

“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 officers of the States Department on the assembly included Karl Fickenscher, Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID; Scott Busby, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour; Michael Heath, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs; Brian Neubert; Director Office of West African Affairs; Skye Justice, Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs; Toby Bradley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Christopher Landberg, Principal Deputy Coordinator, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Stanley Brown,

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Police-Military Affairs.

 

Those on the official delegation of the PDP presidential candidate embrace former Senate President and Special Envoy to the presidential candidate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State governor and Director-General of the PDP presidential marketing campaign council, Right Honourable Aminu Tambuwal; former governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.

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