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To address Nigeria's security concerns, the US suggests a "painstaking dialogue"

Nigeria has a variety of security threats in addition to Boko Haram. It is critical to distinguish these risks and comprehend their socio-geographic dimensions in order to create personalized responses.
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Thomas Hushek, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State

In addressing internal security problems, the United States (US) advised the Federal Government yesterday to go beyond a military option.

The appeal was made in Washington, DC, under the auspices of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), which called a meeting of US officials, diplomats, and Nigerian leaders.

Peace in Nigeria: How to Build It, and America's Role,” was the theme of the conference. It looked into alternatives to military activities.

The symposium agreed that the federal government should increase state institutions' responsiveness, address concerns and impressions "before they become reality and improve accountability and transparency".

Thomas Hushek, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State, said in his closing remarks that lasting peace in Nigeria would necessitate a meticulous discussion.

Hushek described Nigeria as a very important U.S. partner on the continent, echoing General Martin-Luther Agwai's opening remarks on the country's centrality to potential African peace, but added that the President Muhammadu Buhari government must first identify the options that citizens want to be implemented in its pursuit of peace.

Nigeria is gearing up for tense elections in two years, according to the US assistant secretary of state, who feels that the "2019 election will be critical to Nigeria’s continued prosperity and stability."

Gen. Agwai, a former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff and previous commander of the combined UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan, is one of the members of the Nigeria Senior Working Group who attended the Nigerian peace conference.

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