Buhari to visit Trump in Washington

President Muhammadu Buhari will be the guest of US President Donald Trump on 30 April in Washington, the White House announced on Sunday.

Both leaders will discuss issues such as promoting economic growth and fighting terrorism, according to the statement.

“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 said.

Nigeria has been combating the terrorist organization Boko Haram since 2009, and the State Department under Trump approved the sale of 12 high-technology attack planes and equipment worth $600 million to Nigeria last year to help defeat the menace of Islamist terrorists.

The scheduled meeting will be the second between the two leaders after they met last September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, during a luncheon Trump held for a select group of African leaders.

Buhari left Abuja for the U.K. on Monday where he’s scheduled to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit which begins in London on 18 April and ends on 20 April.

It is not yet clear when he will return to the country.

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