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Barack Obama And Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerian President, Agree On Anti-Terrorism

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(FILES) US President Barack Obama (R) greets acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON | Getty

NEW YORK -- The White House says President Barack Obama and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan have reaffirmed their commitment to fighting terrorism, including ending an insurgency in northern Nigeria.

The two leaders met Monday in New York. Obama stressed a comprehensive anti-terror approach that calls for creating economic opportunity and protecting human rights. During remarks to the media, Obama said ensuring that governments are responsive to people's needs is the best way to undermine the agenda of radical groups like Boko Haram.

Boko Haram's violence occurs mostly in northern Nigeria. Obama called it one of the most vicious terrorist organizations in the world.

The White House says Obama also restated U.S. support for strengthening transparent, democratic governance, and of making sure upcoming Nigerian elections in 2015 are peaceful, transparent and credible.

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