Buhari in Washington DC, meets Obama on Monday
President Mohammadu Buhari(L) with US President
Barack Obama during a meeting in Washington DC on
President Muhammadu Buhari met US President Barack
Obama at the White House on Monday.
The meeting marked an effort to shore up relations between
the US and the nation with Africaâ€™s largest economy and to
seek additional assistance in the fight against terror group,
The Oval Office meeting was also due to cover the economy
and corruption in Nigeria .
In remarks to reporters beforehand, Obama said Buhari had
a clear agenda to defeat Boko Haram and to root out
corruption in his country.
Obama restated the US readiness to work with Nigeria and
ensuring that the African nation could fulfill its potential in
providing leadership not just to West Africa but making its
mark among the comity of nations.
The US President noted that Nigerians had continued to
make significant marks ion different fields outside the
shores of Nigeria, saying the nation had the resources to be
He pledged the US support for Buhari root out Boko Haram
and develop the country.
Obama said he was sure that the Nigerian President had a
clear idea of what to do and unwavering in his focus to
entrench democratic values in the country.
Buhari took office eight weeks ago after the most closely
contested election in Nigeriaâ€™s history, which was hailed as
its first democratic transition of power in decades.
The Nigerian President hailed the US for â€œputting pressureâ€
upon the immediate past government in Nigeria to ensure
that the March and April elections held, adding that his visit
to the US was a product of that pressure.
Obama invited Buhari to Washington after his victory was
White House officials said the fact that Buhari was arriving
in Washington so soon after taking office was a sign of the
importance the US places on relations with Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday arrived
Washington DC on a four-day official visit to United States,
where he is expected to discuss bilateral issues with
President Barrack Obama and other government officials.
The president, who arrived at Joint Based Andrews Airport
Washington, was received by the Assistant Secretary of
State for Africa, Mrs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Mr
James Entwistle, US Ambassador to Nigeria.
Others at the airport to receive the President included the
Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade
Adefuye, Nigerian embassy officials and governors of
Borno, Nasarawa, Imo, Oyo and Edo.
NAN reports that the President, who left the airport straight
to the Blair House, his guest house at Pennsylvania Avenue,
immediately went into meetings with officials of the United
Buhari and other guests will also be hosted to a dinner by
Madeline Albright, the former US Secretary of State.
On Monday, the President is slated to have breakfast
meeting on governance to be hosted by the US Vice-
President Joe Biden, before his meeting with Obama.
The main event of Buhari on Monday is his meeting with
NAN reports that the meeting, slated for 11am local time
(about 5pm) Nigerian time, will be taking place at the Oval
Office White House.
Other events on Monday include Media Chat with the
Secretary of Commerce, ECOWAS Ambasssdors in
Washington, US Attorney General, Secretary of Treasury
and a group of potential investors.
Buhari is also to be hosted to a dinner by the US Chamber
of Commerce and Corporate Council.
On Tuesday, the president will have interactive session with
the media at 7am and later meet with officials of the World
Health Organisation on economic assistance programme
for the North-East.
The president will meet with the President of the World Bank
group as well as the representative of the Bill Gates
He will also meet with the US Secretary of State John Kerry,
Director of the CIA and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Buhariâ€™s meeting with the class of 1980 US Army War
College, where the president is an alumnus, will also hold
on Tuesday, after which he will address a joint session of
the Senate and House committees on Foreign Affairs at the
Buhari will address Nigerian Youths in the United States at
the Chancery as well as participate in a town hall meeting
with Nigerians in Diaspora.
He will wrap up the visit with interactive session with the
Nigerian media and the National Democratic Institute before
departing for Nigeria on Wednesday.
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