United States Government officials met Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday concerning the unrest in Nigeria.
Ulrich Brechbuhl, Counselor of the U.S. Department of State led the delegation which was held at the State House in Abuja.
It included Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Bob Destro, and Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Denise Natali.
Brechbuhl conveyed the regards of the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying he issued a statement on the situation in Nigeria.
“Secretary Pompeo asked us to come as friends and partners of Nigeria to examine the drivers of insecurity across the country and to better understand conflict mitigation efforts already underway so that we can explore ways to enhance our cooperation.”
The Counselor acknowledged that his visit came during a tumultuous time for Nigeria.
Brechbuhl also stressed that America is deeply concerned by recent violence.
He reiterated U.S. condemnation of the use of excessive force by the military and offer their deepest condolences to the victims of the shootings.
Brechbuhl, therefore, demanded that those responsible be held accountable under the law.
He, however, stated the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles.