Saturday, June 25, 2011

Settle down for business •US tells Nigeria

24 June 2011

 •I’ll govern with fear of God, Jonathan tells Nigerians

THE United States government, on Thursday, told the Federal Government that the time had come for it to get down to the day-to-day business of governing after
the country conducted credible polls in April.

The statement by the US came as a federal cabinet is yet to be constituted and the spate of insecurity continues to rise across the country.

US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Terence McCulley, in an article entitled, “Now comes the hard part”, a copy of which was obtained by the Nigerian Tribune, observed that the Nigerian government faced complex challenges in the post-election environment.

The envoy stated that security, electricity, good roads, education and reliable health care topped most people's lists of immediate concerns.

He, however, maintained that only the Nigerians could judge whether government is meeting their expectations.

The envoy said that good governance was the cornerstone for Nigeria's continuing political and economic development and that the April elections confirmed that Nigeria's citizens yearned for a government committed to democratic principles and the rule of law by public servants of tested integrity.

According to him, it was the reason that the US Government has applauded President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration to wage war on bad governance.

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