President M. Buhari of Nigeria is currently in the USA. He is to discuss terrorism, economy and other related issues with the US President, D Trump .
- Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari arrived on sunday and he is to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington. It was confirmed that the trip will be for four days.
- Both leaders are expected to discuss the threat of terrorism and economic growth in Africa’s most populous country—Nigeria—of almost 200 million people.
- The country has been plagued by extremist group Boko Haram, which launched an insurgency nine years ago with the aim of creating an Islamic State. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and hundreds of school girls kidnapped, as the group gained notoriety and spread to neighboring countries, posing one of the most severe threats to West Africa’s Sahel region in recent years.
- Last year, the Trump administration approved a $600 million sale of high-technology attack planes and equipment to support Nigerian military operations against Boko Haram and IS terrorists and to monitor drugs, weapons and human trafficking.
- The deal was stalled under the Obama administration amid concerns of human rights violations in the West African country.
- As Buhari faces re-election, he is expected to lobby the United States for further military support to fulfill his campaign promise of eradicating Boko Haram.
- In addition to seeking greater security collaboration, Buhari and Trump also will “discuss ways to enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries and to advance shared priorities, such as promoting economic growth,” Nigerian presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement.
- But relations between the two countries have faced challenges over the past year. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired just hours after his visit to Nigeria on the highest-level U.S. visit to Africa since Trump took office.
President Buhari shortly after his arrival
- President Buhari with Nigerian Ambassador to USA Amb. Sylvanus Nsofor, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Governor Simon Lalung of Plateau State, Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Senator Monsurat Sunmonu and Minister of Foreign Affairs geoffrey Onyeama shortly after arriving Washington DC ahead of his Working Visit on 29th April 2018.
- Supporters of Mr President seen carrying cards to show him love and respect. What a solidarity! Clearly from the pictures you can probably tell if these are not part of the Nigerian youths that are lazy.