US embassy cable - 01ABUJA2115

NIGERIA: NSA MOHAMMED DICUSSES THE WCAR, TRAFFICKING AND HIV/AIDS

Identifier: 01ABUJA2115
Wikileaks: View 01ABUJA2115 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2001-08-28 09:58:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PHUM KCRM KWMN NI WCAR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ABUJA 002115 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
NSC FOR FRAZER 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/22/2011 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, KCRM, KWMN, NI, WCAR 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: NSA MOHAMMED DICUSSES THE WCAR, 
TRAFFICKING AND HIV/AIDS 
 
 
REF: A. ABUJA 1921 
     B. ABUJA 2113 
 
 
(U) Classified by Ambassador Howard F. Jeter; Reasons 1.5 (b) 
and (d). 
 
 
1. (C) Ambassador Jeter, accompanied by PolMilOff, called on 
NSA Aliyu Mohammed on August 22.  LTC Idris, the NSA's 
Military Advisor also attended.  This message summarizes 
their discussion on the WCAR, trafficking in persons, and 
HIV/AIDS. 
 
 
==== 
WCAR 
==== 
 
 
2. (C) Mohammed stated that he had talked to Dr. Condoleeza 
Rice and to NSC Senior Africa Director Frazer on the WCAR. 
Nigeria planned to attend the conference in Durban (the 
President would lead the delegation), but would not support 
any demands for reparations, point fingers at Israel, or 
equate Zionism with racism.  He hoped the U.S. would attend 
the conference. 
 
 
3. (C) Ambassador Jeter thanked Mohammed for Nigeria's 
commendable efforts at the Geneva PrepCom to make the WCAR 
forward looking rather than dwelling on the past.  It was 
clear that some progress had been made in Geneva, but it 
appeared that hard-line positions on the Middle East might 
still overshadow the good that might come out of the 
conference.  This was particularly unfortunate since it could 
detract from a serious international effort to work against a 
serious international problem.  Mohammed said the GON would 
continue to do all it could to move the WCAR in a positive 
direction. 
 
 
============================================= ====== 
INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE: INVITATION TO PRESIDENT 
BUSH 
============================================= ====== 
 
 
4. (C) Mohammed stated that Nigeria was planning to host an 
international conference on human trafficking in May, April 
or June of 2002.  President Obasanjo took trafficking very 
seriously, and was planning to meet with some of the 40 women 
returned from Italy via Guinea that afternoon.  He noted that 
three witnesses were being brought from Guinea to assist in 
the prosecution of the traffickers, but lamented that Nigeria 
did not have a strong law against traffickers or their 
illegal activities.  He said, however, that the President was 
sending a Bill to the National Assembly to increase the 
penalties against traffickers. 
 
 
5. (C) The NSA then mentioned President Bush's letter 
responding to President Obasanjo's invitation to visit 
Nigeria (dated July 2, 2001).  Mohammed, smiling, said that 
if President Bush came to Africa next year, the GON hoped he 
would visit Nigeria.  If President Bush were planning a trip 
to the Continent, the GON would schedule the trafficking 
conference to coincide with his visit so the President could 
address the gathering, if President Bush desired to do so. 
 
 
6. (C) Ambassador Jeter said he would pass this message to 
Washington.  The Ambassador informed the NSA that the Embassy 
would host an inter-Mission conference on trafficking in 
October in Lagos, to begin the development of a USG strategy 
on trafficking involving West Africa.  The NSA was very 
supportive, and stated that after President Obasanjo's trip 
to China, he would like the Embassy to sit down with him and 
his staff to plan the agenda for the 2002 international 
conference.  (NOTE: Later that evening, Ambassador Jeter 
mentioned the Embassy's trafficking conference to the World 
Bank Representative, Mark Tomlinson.  Tomlinson stated that 
the World Bank would be most interested in joining this 
event.  END NOTE). 
 
 
======== 
HIV/AIDS 
======== 
 
 
7. (C) Ambassador Jeter said he was very concerned that not 
enough was being done to make ordinary Nigerians aware of the 
risks of HIV/AIDS, or the GON's clear commitment to fighting 
the disease.  He informed the NSA that he planned to suggest 
to the President that he hold a conference with all 36 
governors to raise the profile of the HIV/AIDS issue in 
Nigeria, a proposal that had been put to him by several 
health NGO's working in Nigeria.  The NSA said the President 
had allocated USD 10 million to the Nigerian Council on 
HIV/AIDS, of which the President is Chairman.  He also said 
that President Obasanjo had directed that free condoms be 
distributed to all Nigerian soldiers participating in 
peacekeeping missions. 
8. (U) Freetown minimize considered. 
Jeter 

Latest source of this page is cablebrowser-2, released 2011-10-04