U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
is scheduled to hold discussions with Nigeria's President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Wednesday.
Secretary Clinton arrived in Nigeria yesterday as part of her seven-nation-
believe Secretary Clinton will push hard for the government to address
Nigeria's endemic corruption and expedite electoral reforms. They also expect
her to seek an update on the status of a 60-day amnesty period in the restive
The violence in the Niger
Delta is blamed for the drastic reduction in Nigeria's oil output.
general impression that Nigerians are having is so good. Nigerian people are
good people and a great nation. Honestly, Nigerians will be happy to receive
her," said Aliyu Bilbis, Nigeria's minister of state for information and
He described as shameful
speculation that in his last African visit, President Barack Obama snubbed
Nigeria to go to her West African neighbor, Ghana.
"As far as Nigerian people
are concerned and the government of the day we just felt that that issue of
President Obama's visit to Nigeria, we felt it was a normal thing. He had
already scheduled to go to Ghana, so we felt one day, he will visit Nigeria,"
Bilbis said detractors have been making
wild allegations against his government after President Obama's Ghana visit.
and Ghana are the same as far as we are concerned. It is only that some people
are trying to be mischievous and trying to create some problems whereby it is
not necessary," Bilbis said.
denied the government is failing to implement electoral reforms.
people can remember, it is this government that said we will reform the
electoral processes. And the government has appointed a committee and the
committee had submitted its report. And right now, the government has submitted
a draft to the national assembly for any electoral laws to come up. So this is
part of the arrangement, and I think people should appreciate and give it every
support to ensure that it succeeds," he said.
said the government's recent amnesty aimed at resolving the crisis in the
restive Niger Delta is working.
the government is doing at this moment is quite commendable because this issue
of amnesty I think is succeeding. Every day you see the militants complying so
I think it is succeeding. I think today there were about 40 or 50 militants
surrendered and I think people should appreciate that," Bilbis said.
also insists that President Yar'Adua will live up to his promise to weed out