Trump To Host Buhari At The White House On April 30th

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement that Trump will welcome President Muhammadu Buhari on April 30.

The statement read in part: "We urge President Buhari to resist the temptation of seeking to impress world leaders with false performance indices, but should present the real situation, particularly the pitiable state of our economy, escalated insecurity, human rights abuses, daily bloodletting, persecution of opposition and erosion of democratic values in the last three years".

Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and four years on, 112 are still being held - a global symbol of the insurgency that has devastated the region. The reported remark triggered global outrage and forced the U.S. president to pen a letter reaffirming his commitment to the continent.

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The meeting comes weeks after Rex Tillerson, then US secretary of state, visited Nigeria and other African countries in March only to be fired after his return to Washington. Before returning to Washington, Tillerson had notably promised Nigeria's support ranging from equipment to intelligence to helping secure the swift release of kidnapped schoolgirls.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Buhari, who is on official visit to London had on Wednesday met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London where he explained why he declared his intention to run for another term in office.

The State Department under Trump approved the sale of 12 high-technology attack planes and equipment worth $600 million to Nigeria past year after the Obama administration halted the sale because of accusations that Nigeria's air force was bombing civilians. He was voted into power in 2015 on a platform vowing to crack down on endemic graft and stamp out Boko Haram. Of the 111 who were kidnapped, 105 were returned by the jihadists following a ceasefire agreement with the government.

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