Vice President Kamala Harris met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of Nigeria today in Washington. Vice President Harris affirmed the enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Nigeria. Both leaders recognized the strong cultural ties between the American and Nigerian peoples, noting the remarkable dynamism of the Nigerian diaspora.
Vice President Harris stressed the importance of Nigerian leadership in addressing common global challenges. Vice President Harris reiterated the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to addressing the global food crisis, noting that the United States has committed more than $7 billion in food security and humanitarian assistance to African countries since last October.
Vice President Harris hailed Vice President Osinbajo’s commitment to free and fair elections in 2023 and stressed that next year’s vote would be a milestone for Nigeria’s democracy, the largest of Africa. She noted the United States’ strong support for a credible, transparent, safe, and secure electoral process, including advancing our longstanding partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission and Nigerian civil society with $25 million in support of elections. Vice President Harris informed Vice President Osinbajo that the Biden-Harris administration will provide an additional $2 million to help support a safer and more secure election environment. She also thanked Vice President Osinbajo for Nigeria’s leadership in its efforts to reverse the recent democratic backsliding in West Africa.
Vice President Harris welcomed the Nigerian government’s recent launch of its energy transition plan and applauded Vice President Osinbajo’s leadership for just energy transitions in Africa. In line with the Biden-Harris administration’s U.S. strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa, the two leaders pledged to work closely together to support Nigeria’s energy access and energy security goals, as well as our common global climate goals.
The Vice Presidents also discussed Nigeria’s complex security challenges and affirmed our cooperation in combating terrorism. Vice President Harris stressed the importance of building public trust in law enforcement institutions and underscored the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to supporting police reform. To that end, she informed Vice President Osinbajo that the Biden-Harris administration would commit an additional $5 million to support police and criminal justice reform in Nigeria. The two leaders also discussed the deteriorating security environment in the Sahel and agreed to continue working together to fight terrorism in the region.
To support the United States’ strong bilateral relationship with Nigeria, Vice President Harris said the administration intends to commit up to $627 million in bilateral assistance during the year to come, subject to Congressional approval.
Vice President Harris noted that she and President Biden look forward to welcoming the Nigerian delegation to the United States-Africa Leaders Summit in December in Washington, DC.