Trump and Bukhari will discuss the problems of fighting terrorism and economic issues
On Monday, the President of the United States Donald trump will meet in Washington with the President of Nigeria Mohammad Bukhari.
As expected, the two leaders will discuss the threat of terrorism and the problems of economic growth in Nigeria – the most populous country in Africa with a population of almost 200 million people.
In Nigeria, it is active extremist group Boko Haram, which nine years ago started subversive activities with the aim of creating Islamic Caliphate. Killed tens of thousands of people were kidnapped hundreds of Schoolgirls, the group has extended its activities to neighbouring countries, becoming one of the most serious threats in the Sahel.
Last year the administration of the trump sanctioned the sale of stormtroopers and other military equipment worth $ 600 million to help Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic state, as well as with drug trafficking, arms smuggling and human trafficking.
Under the Obama administration, the deal was suspended due to concerns about human rights violations in Nigeria.
Because Buhari will soon fight for re-election, as expected, he tries to enlist the further support of the United States to fulfill his campaign promise to eradicate Boko Haram.
In addition to cooperation in the field of security, Buhari and trump will discuss “ways to expand the strategic partnership between the two countries and promote common priorities such as stimulating economic growth,” according to the statement of the official representative of the President of Nigeria, Femi Adesina.
Buhari, along with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, was one of the first African leaders with whom we talked on the phone a trump after taking office.
However, in the last year in relations between the two countries has been complexity. Former U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who became the highest-ranking representative of the administration trump, who visited Africa, was dismissed just a few hours after a visit to Nigeria.
In January, Nigeria along with other African countries expressed outrage at the harsh comments about trump African countries and asked the U.S. Ambassador for clarification about this.
In December, Nigeria was among the countries of the United Nations, condemned the decision by trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.