The U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, who has been on a week-long visit to some African countries, will arrive in Abuja tomorrow, Monday for his first official visit to Nigeria.
A Press Advisory from the U.S. Embassy, in a statement today, Sunday, said that Tillerson would hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
“When he arrives, Tillerson will become the highest ranking official in the Trump administration to visit Nigeria. The secretary is expected to hold a press conference at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday by 11.45 a.m
”Tillerson is expected to be joined by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama,” the embassy said.
Tillerson has already visited the Horn of Africa just days after he announced a new $533 million aid package for Africa, out of which $128 million was earmarked for Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad region.
When Tillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria’s Northeast and the Lake Chad basin.
He is also expected to discuss how to advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment with the president
During his trip, he is expected also to meet with U.S. Embassy personnel and participate in events related to U.S. government-supported activities.
Source: NAN. [myad]