- The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has cut short his Nigeria trip
- Thus, Tillerson will not spend the night in Nigeria as earlier planned
- The trip was reportedly cut short due to pressing matters he has to attend to in the US
The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has cut short his trip to Africa by about a day to deal with pressing matters in the United States.
Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Steve Goldstein, said on Monday, March 12 that Tillerson will end his trip early to deal with work that needs to be attended to in Washington, D.C., Bloomberg reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Tillerson will be in Chad and Nigeria today, March 12 as scheduled, but scrapped plans to spend the night in Nigeria.
The five-nation trip to Africa has coincided with two major foreign-policy events: President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, and the dramatic announcement on Thursday, March 8, that the president would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May.
Tillerson, 65, reportedly fell ill while in Kenya and had to cancel planned events in Nairobi on Saturday, March 10.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Tillerson would arrive in Abuja on Monday, March 12 for his first official visit to Nigeria.
A Press Advisory from the US Embassy said Tillerson would hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, March 13.
“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 11.45am.
Tillerson is expected to be joined in the press availability by the minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama,” the embassy stated.
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