A statement on the website of US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria quoting spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, stated that Counsellor T. Ulrich Brechbühl’s meeting with the VP was part of a previously scheduled delegation.
Other members of the delegation included Assistant Secretary Robert Destro and Assistant Secretary Denise Natali.
The delegation raised U.S. concerns about ongoing violence in Nigeria, human rights, religious freedom, and trafficking in persons, and wanted to know how Nigerian Government officials were addressing those issues.
” The Counsellor expressed the U.S. condemnation of the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos.
“He expressed condolences to the victims of these shootings and urged the government of Nigeria to abide by its commitment to hold those responsible accountable under the law.
“The Vice President and the Counsellor noted that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles.
“Counsellor Brechbühl and Vice President Osinbajo emphasised the importance of U.S. and Nigerian collaboration on common goals of improving security cooperation and strengthening economic partnership to foster mutual prosperity,” the statement explained.