President Buhari’s visit to Trump at the White House: An independent assessment

President Buhari is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on April 30th at the White House in Washington..

The  visit by the President, meetings had been scheduled on April 26 and 27, between senior Nigerian Government officials and executives of major US companies in the areas of agriculture, aviation and transportation

The two leaders are expected to focus on security and economic issues.

The meeting is to discuss ways to enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries and to advance shared priorities, such as: promoting economic growth, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security.

The Nigerian officials will also meet with US-EXIM Bank and the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation to explore competitive financing arrangements.

In a statement by Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center J. Peter Pham said,I think it sends a very good signal that the first African head of state to have an Oval Office meeting will be the democratically elected president of Africa’s most populous country and its largest economy,”.

US-Nigerian security cooperation was strained under former US President Barack Obama.

In 2017, the Trump administration approved the sale to Nigeria of twelve military planes and security equipment worth $600 million.

President Trump took also sale of the Super Tucanos were approved in a $600 million deal and there is ongoing training and other cooperation with the Nigerian military.

Trump-Buhari summit will provides an important opportunity to reset the United States’ relationship with Nigeria.

Trump has also sought to improve relations with African countries which he allegedly referred to in derogatory terms in January. In March, Trump’s top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, only spent a few hours in Nigeria as he was forced to cut short a trip to Africa. Trump fired Tillerson on his return

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