11 March 2018

Nigeria: U.S. Secretary of State,Tillerson, Visits Nigeria Monday

The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will arrive in Abuja on Monday for his first official visit to Nigeria.

A Press Advisory from the U.S. Embassy said Mr. 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 in the press availability by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama," the embassy stated.

Mr. Tillerson has been on a week-long tour of Africa.

He has visited the Horn of Africa just days after he announced a new 533 million dollars aid package for Africa out of which 128 million dollars was earmarked for Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad region.

When Mr. Tillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria's North-east 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.

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