- Nigeria's Senate President, David Mark, has called on the United States to remove the country from a list of terrorism prone nations.
The US classification was enforced following the failed 25 December 2009 bombing of a Transatlantic jetliner that was bound for Detroit, Michigan, by a 23-year-old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
Mr Mark told the visiting US Assistant Secretary of States for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson that the Foreign affairs committee Chairman, Jubril Aminu, will visit the United States Congress to negotiate the delisting.
Mr Mark tasked Mr Carson to speak in defence of Nigeria on the issue,saying that all Nigerian actions and policies are opposed to terrorism.
He said the Senate committee will convey the position of Nigeria to the US Congress and expect that the lawmakers will understand the position of Nigeria.
"Nigerians are not violent people and we do not support the action of Mr AbdulMutallab. We abhor it and condemn it in its entirety," he said.
Since December, the Nigerian government has been working hard to convince the US that it does not deserve the harsh treatment.
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