President Muhammadu Buhari will be the guest of US President Donald Trump at the White House on April 30. Trump is expected to discuss issues such as promoting economic growth and fighting terrorism with Buhari.
“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,” the White House said in a statement.
The State Department under Trump approved the sale of 12 high-technology attack planes and equipment worth $600 million to Nigeria last year after the Obama administration halted the sale because of accusations that Nigeria’s air force was bombing civilians.
The scheduled meeting will be the second between the two leaders. In September, the two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, during a luncheon Trump held for a select group of African leaders.
Buhari is currently in the UK where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in London. It is not yet clear when the Nigerian leader will return to the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for an official visit to the UK on Monday, April 9. The date of his return has not been fixed.
Garba Shehu, one of his spokespersons, said Buhari is due to hold discussions on Nigeria-British relations with Theresa May, the UK prime minister, before the Commonwealth heads of government meetings scheduled for April 18-20.
“The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15b in Nigeria’s oil industry. These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society,” he said.
“President Buhari is due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the President on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and World-wide.
“Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain.”