- The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, says President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance economic growth with Nigeria
- He describes the relationship of the United States with Nigeria as deep and strong
- The Nigerian president says he is seeking re-election for the purpose salvaging the country from thieves
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the US President Donald Trump’s invitation to President Muhammadu Buhari is a proof of the cordial relations between the two countries.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mohammed made the statement in New York during his engagements with media and a couple of think-tank in the US.
The minister is in the US to showcase some of the achievements of the Buhari’s administration to the US and the world.
He said: “I think it would be presumptuous to really know or say what he (Trump) is going to discuss with President (Buhari).
“But clearly, that he (Buhari) is being invited by President Trump shows the growing cooperation between the U.S. and Nigeria and I think it portends well for both countries”.
Trump is due to host Buhari on Monday, April 30, at the White House to discuss issues including “fighting terrorism” and economic growth.
“President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.
“The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity."
NAN reports that Buhari would be the first African leader that Trump would host at the White House since his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
Diplomatic experts said the developments have only reaffirmed the strategic importance of the Nigeria-US bilateral relations and Nigeria’s strategic position in Africa.
The president who will recontest as the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) while addressing a crowd at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, explained that salvaging the country from thieving Nigerians was his main reason of seeking re-election.
While expressing dismay at the rate in which Nigeria's money was stolen by unpatriotic citizens, Buhari declared that his administration is ready to arrest all looters of the treasury irrespective of their societal standing, Tribune reports.
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