United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on August 9.
In a letter to Clinton on August 7, 2012, the Human Rights Watch organization recommended that on her trip to Nigeria, Mrs. Clinton should encourage President Goodluck Jonathan to address increasingly deadly violence in northern and central Nigeria.
Also, Human Rights Watch urged Clinton to call on the Nigerian authorities to:
· Ensure that civilians at risk of further attacks in northern and central Nigeria are protected, and bring to justice without delay those responsible for the violence;
· Rein in abusive police and soldiers, and investigate and prosecute without delay those implicated in human rights abuses;
· End divisive state and local government policies that discriminate against “non-indigenes,” people who cannot trace their ancestry to what are said to be the original inhabitants of an area;
· Give a public account of the status and reasons for delays in the corruption cases against senior political figures; and
· Improve the independence of the EFCC by passing legislation to provide greater security of tenure for the commission’s chairperson.
Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, noted that “Nigeria is facing a surge of violence and lawlessness that has blighted the lives of thousands of Nigerians”, adding “Nigeria’s leaders need to confront this violence, whether committed by Boko Haram or the country’s security forces.”
Prof. Ade Adefuye – Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US – said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State Mrs. Hilary Clinton’s visit to the country is to discuss Nigeria–U. S. bilateral relations. He also added that Nigeria–U.S Bi-National Commission had become a model for partnership with other countries.
The Executive Director of the NGO, Mr Tosin Adeyanju, made the remark in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday, saying that the visit was coming at the right time when Nigeria was being confronted with security challenges.