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The outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has said his country will ensure that no stolen public funds from Nigeria are laundered through US banks.
Entwistle said the President Barrack Obama administration would continue to stand with Nigeria in its fight against corruption.
Speaking on Saturday at the 240th United States Independence Anniversary celebration cocktail party in Abuja, the envoy stated that the US government had offered technical assistance to Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies for the training of investigators and prosecutors.
He added that his country looked forward to deeper cooperation with the Federal Government to ensure freedom for Nigerians.
The diplomat stated, “The US government has been cooperating with Nigeria on various bilateral issues, including the repatriation of looted funds and I can assure you that the United States will not allow stolen public funds from Nigeria to be laundered through American banks.
“As you fight Boko Haram and secure and rebuild the North-East and you strive for harmony in the Niger Delta and across the land, we will continue to help in every appropriate way.
“Indeed, let us redouble our efforts on the humanitarian front in the North-East. Nigerians are dying of starvation in Nigeria. The United States stands with every Nigerian who believes that Nigeria can be healthier, safer and more prosperous.”
The envoy believed that Nigeria, at the moment, was moving in the right direction on issues like fuel subsidy removal and foreign exchange rate, urging the government to continue to create an environment that would attract more foreign investments.
Entwistle, who is retiring from the US foreign service after 35 and a half years, said it was important for government to maintain an environment that would attract more foreign investments to the country.
“As you continue the privatisation of the power grid, through President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, we stand ready to, among other things, help companies invest in building more electricity infrastructure, especially environmentally-friendly power generation,” he stated.
The envoy declined to comment on his controversial letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over allegations of sexual misconduct against three Nigerian lawmakers while on an official trip to the US in April.