Commends the Nigerian Army for taking over most territories controlled by Boko Haram.
Lauds Sultan for promoting religious tolerance
The U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, has told northern religious leaders, tertiary and secondary schools students that terrorism can be eliminated if the society put hands together.
He made this known during his courtesy visit on the Sultan at his palace in Sokoto State on Tuesday.
Kerry who is on a two days official visit to Nigeria said the fight against corruption has to be a global security of the first order In order to bring to an end violent extremism in the world
Delivering a speech on Resilient Communities and Religious Tolerance in Countering Violent Extremism, Mr. Kerry said extremists do not only kill people but also turn the most vulnerable among the society into killers.
He said Nigerians must do more than just denounce Boko Haram, adding that they also must act right from the grassroots level.
Mr. Kerry said youths join terrorist organizations because they cannot find meaning or opportunities in their daily lives, thereby believing Boko Haram will give them a sense of identity.
Other issues identified by Secretary Kerry as major factors leading to terrorism and violent extremism include poverty, integrity and bad governance among others
Kerry commended the Nigerian Army for taking over most territories controlled by Boko Haram, also said President Muhammadu Buhari, now fully understands the situation and the United States government will continue to support Nigeria and the rest of the world in the fight against terrorism.
He lauded the efforts of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, for promoting religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.