Nigeria's Buhari discussing terrorism, economy with trump in Washington
FILE – At the site of an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, April 27, 2018.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday
The two leaders are expected to discuss the threat of terrorism and economic growth in Africa's most populous country of nearly 200 million people] Nigeria was plagued by the extremist group Boko Haram, which launched an uprising nine years ago to create an Islamic state. Tens of thousands were killed and hundreds of schoolgirls abducted as the group gained notoriety and spread to neighboring countries, which has been one of the biggest threats to the West African Sahel in recent years. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…27&Itemid=47 On 27 April 2018, militants arrive in the north ̵
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Last year, the Trump administration approved a $ 600-million sale of high-tech attack aircraft and Equipment to Support Nigerian Military Operations Against Boko Haram and IS Terrorists, and to Monitor Drugs, Weapons, and People
The deal stalled under the Obama administration's concern over human rights violations in the West African country.
When Buhari is re-elected, he is expected to lobby the United States for further military support to fulfill his election pledge to eradicate Boko Haram.
Buhari and Trump will not only seek enhanced security cooperation, but will also discuss "Ways to Improve Strategic Partnership between the Two Countries and Promote Common Priorities" "Promoting Economic Growth," said Nigerian presidential spokesman Femi Adesina in a statement ,
Buhari, along with South African President Jacob Zuma, was one of the first African leaders to call Trump after he took office.
But relations between the two countries faced major challenges last year. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired a few hours after his visit to Nigeria on the highest US visit to Africa since Trump's inauguration.
In January, Nigeria joined a list of outraged African countries and demanded a statement by the US ambassador from Trump's reported vulgar comments on African countries. In December, Nigeria was among a group of United Nations nations that had condemned Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.