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The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy Jr., has revealed that he cannot visit West Africa without first visiting Nigeria.

In a transcript of his teleconference with journalists from across Africa on Tuesday, Nagy Jr stated that he must visit Nigeria as the gateway to other African countries.

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The U.S. assistant secretary, whose date of visit to West Africa is yet to be fixed, said the tour would afford him the opportunity to discuss some current challenges in Nigeria.

He said: “How could I not be coming to Nigeria if I was going to West Africa?

“Nigeria has several very, very serious issues going on at the same time. We have the crisis in the northeast.

“We have the historical problems in the middle belt, which, unfortunately, recently has led to serious loss of lives.

“We have an election coming up, which will be very, very interesting. So, Nigeria, of course, is in many respects the gateway to Africa.”

Nagy Jr., who was a U.S. Diplomat in Africa for about 22 years, said that he was very glad coming back to a continent where he left his heart.