US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday told an audience in Davos, Switzerland, at the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF), that he would visit Nigeria “in a couple of days” as part of a Washington push to counter extremist groups, including Boko Haram.
“Violent extremism has claimed violence at every corner of the globe and muslim lives most of all,” Kerry said in an emotional speech.
“There is no room for sectarian division. There is no room for anti-Semitism or Islamophobia,” he added.
“In the weeks to come we … have to strengthen our efforts in Somalia, intensify our efforts to end violence in Nigeria, that’s why I’m going there in a couple of days,” he said.
A spokesman for Secretary Kerry confirmed that he would be in Lagos on Sunday and meet with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Kerry spoke about several attacks perpetrated by Muslim extremists, including a December 17 attack on a school in Islamabad, Pakistan, that killed 150 people, mostly children. “This kind of atrocity can never be rationalised,” he said.