U.S. Congress Keeps Focus on Instability in Nigeria

High-level concern about Nigeria in the U.S. Congress was further demonstrated by two events on July 10 involving members of Congress along with representatives from the Obama administration and human rights organizations.  The first session convened by Rep. Karen Bass (Democract - California) and moderated by former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Robin Sanders, focused on the activities of the inrsengt group know as Boko Haram and efforts to free those kidnapped by the group. An afternoon hearing focused on U.S. assistance to the Nigerian government for the fight against Boko Haram, chaired by the head of the Africa and global human rights subcommittee, Rep. Chris Smith (Republican - New Jersey).

U.S. Representative Chris Smith (right)

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