Last Sunday evening, the White House announced that US President Donald Trump will be hosting President Muhammadu Buhari on the 30th of April.
According to an official statement ot the White House, Buhari would meet Trump in Washington to discuss issues such as fighting terrorism and economic growth.
“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,” the statement read in part.
According to reports, Buhari was the first African leader whom Trump talked to on the phone after his inauguration as the US President. Diplomatic experts say that Buhari, being the first African leader called by Trump, only reaffirmed Nigeria’s strategic position in Africa. It was also revealed that former US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, also visited Nigeria in February in a first five-country African tour joined in by any administration official.