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Kerry visits Nigeria, to meet President Buhari, Northern governors


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and United States Secretary of State John Kerry at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, Washington Convention Centre, Washington, DC…PHOTO: SAUL LOEB /AFP

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and United States Secretary of State John Kerry at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, Washington Convention Centre, Washington, DC…PHOTO: SAUL LOEB /AFP

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is expected in Nigeria on Aug. 23 to discuss U.S. cooperation with Nigeria over Boko Haram, economy and human rights issues.
A statement issued by the Information Office of the Embassy of the U.S. on Friday in Abuja, said Kerry would hold meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Northern Governors.

According to it, the Secretary will travel to Sokoto and Abuja on Aug. 23 to 24.Kerry will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss counter terrorism efforts, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption and human rights issues.

In Sokoto, he will deliver a speech on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism.In Abuja, the Secretary will meet with a group of adolescent girls working to change community perceptions that devalue the role of girls in society.

He will also meet with northern governors and religious leaders,” the statement said.It added that Kerry would travel to Nairobi earlier on Aug. 22 to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counter terrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.

The statement said the secretary would also meet with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in East Africa.It said key challenges in East Africa included the prospects for resumption of a political process in South Sudan and support to Somalia’s political transition and ongoing fight against al-Shabaab.

The statement explained that the secretary would have the opportunity to meet with participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellows programmes during the visit.

According to it, Kerry will travel to Jeddah from Aug. 24 to 25 for a series of meetings with senior Saudi leaders.It said the series of meetings would include his counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the UK and the UN Special Envoy for Yemen.

The statement said the secretary’s discussion would focus on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and efforts to restore peace and stability.Additionally, the leaders will discuss the region’s most pressing challenges, including Syria and our global effort to counter Da’esh and violent extremism, the statement said.

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  • vincentumenyiora

    What can one say here other than that the Secretary of State should stress to these public officials and politicians the need for them to be seen as (purpose of) being in office is to solve problems of their respective citizens and not to compound them with policies influenced or cuffed up through vendetta and vindictive thinking and the nerving one – religious bigotry and corruption bearing in their minds that their tenures in office being limited, it is for them to show the citizenry not only dividends of DEMOCRACY but trust and good will to their neighbors and why they should trust the administrations irrespective of which party is going to be in charge of their affairs! Importantly they should be reminded about the effect of adherence to strict laws of the land as they go about it in the US. by which means their actions will be seen or rated unblemished than in situation where they have one kind of law for the few friends and another for the rest of the people! If they can succeed in these areas backed or underpinned with a National Orientation programmes in the Institutions, they should be surprised how no sooner they’ll be approaching his own kind of DEMOCRACY!

  • bigbang

    Northern governors? Interesting