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White House: President Trump to host Nigerian president April 30

Nigeria’s Buhari and U.S. President Trump

NEW YORK—U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Sr. will host President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in Washington on April 30th, 2018, to discuss several issues including “fighting terrorism” and economic growth, according to the White House on Sunday.

A White House statement read, “President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.”

“The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity.”

West Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, is one of several countries fighting Islamist extremism and terrorism with help from the United States.

Apart from Boko Haram jihadists in the northeast and oil militants in the south, Nigeria also, the West African nation is also battling an array of security threats across its territory.

President Buhari’s White House visit also follows a scandal that erupted in January when Trump allegedly branded African nations “shithole countries.”

The reported remark initiated global outrage and forced the US president to pen a letter reaffirming his commitment to the continent.

Nigeria was among the African countries included on Trump’s ex-secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s Africa tour last month — though the former Texas oil man abridged the trip just before the U.S. president brutally sacked him.

Prior to returning to Washington, D.C., Tillerson had conspicuously promised Nigeria’s support ranging from equipment to intelligence to helping secure the swift release of kidnapped schoolgirls.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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