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Prez Buhari holds mutual talks with Prez Obama

from VOA
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

(elbcradio.com/July 20, 2015)-Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, is on a 4-day visit in the United States (U.S.), holding talks with President, Barack Obama.

The talks began Sunday, July 19, 2015 in the American Capital, Washington D. C.

According to the Voice of America (VOA), the threat being posed by Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, is expected to top the agenda when Obama welcomes the Nigerian Leader to the White House Monday, July 20.

The U.S. is seeking to expand assistance to Nigeria in fighting the militants, who have intensified their attacks since Buhari took office in May, 2014.

The two leaders will also likely discuss proposed political and economic reforms in Nigeria, aimed at ending widespread corruption in the West African nation.

The VOA also said the visit to Washington D.C. is President Buhari's first since winning Nigeria’s presidential election in March and assuming office in a rare peaceful transfer of power in the country.

Buhari will have breakfast with Vice President, Joe Biden, Monday and later meet with West African diplomats, World Bank executives, and members of the U.S. Congress.

He is scheduled to hold a town-hall meeting with Nigerians Tuesday, July 21.
Both the U.S. and Nigeria appear eager to improve relations after years of strained ties under President Goodluck Jonathan, the V.O.A. also noted.

Nigerian officials turned down some of the assistance the U.S. offered to combat Boko Haram, even after the militant group sparked international outrage with the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in May 2014.

 


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