U.S. “would be investing substantially in Nigeria”-Trump
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari in firm handshake with American President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington (AFP)
London, April 30, 2018 (AltAfrika)-President Donald Trump welcomed the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari to the White House on Monday nearly 15 months into his term.
“We have many things that we do together, as you know, especially on terrorism, terrorism-related,” Trump said in the Oval Office before the meeting began. “It’s a hotbed, and we’re going to be stopping that.”Mr Trump hailed Mr Buhari for “fighting corruption and improving Nigerian trade.”
He also said the U.S. “would be investing substantially in Nigeria” if Nigeria could implement a “level-playing field that we asked for.”
The U.S. president also commended president Buhari for the role he played in securing the release of kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls.
He, however, called on Nigeria’s president to do more to end the ongoing killings linked to herdsmen across central Nigeria.
President Buhari in turn commended Mr Trump for his leadership role in working out a final solution to the decades-long stalemate between North Korea and South Korea.
Mr Buhari also promised to secure the remaining Dapchi and Chibok girls in Boko Haram custody. He also said he would work to end the killings in the north-central states.
On economy, Buhari said agriculture, food security, power and infrastructure would get priortised attention, as well as bilateral trade commitments.