U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and says the U.S. has pledged to work very closely on issues like counterterrorism and ''taking on Boko Haram.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Washington, DC on Tuesday (July 21) to discuss security issues, including the threat posed by the extremist group Boko Haram. "Nigeria is an extraordinarily important country and we have very, very important interests together. We have pledged, with the President's meeting yesterday, to work very closely on economic development, on the economy, on counterterrorism, on regional issues but very importantly, also, to join together in an effort to do a better job of taking on Boko Haram," said Kerry. Buhari won March elections and became president on May 29, after campaigning against corruption and pledging to quash an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists, but critics have asked why Africa's biggest economy still has no cabinet ministers. He explained on Monday that he needed time to root out corruption before naming his ministers. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in a six-year insurgency, during which it has attempted to set up a state imposing strict Islamic law in the northeast of Nigeria, Africa's top oil exporter and most populous nation. Following talks on Monday, President Barack Obama said Buhari had a "clear agenda" for defeating the militants and tackling corruption.