- Officials present at the meeting between President Buhari and Donald Trump said the meeting shows the US approval of the Buhari's administration
- According to them, the US government promised to help in fighting terrorism in Nigeria
- The officials said the success of the meeting meant for the progress of Nigeria
The meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, showed approval for the Buhari-led administration, Nigeria’s top officials at the meeting said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari became the first sub-Saharan African leader to visit Trump at the White House for a bilateral talk that touched on security, economy, trade, investment and governance.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun said the meeting was “very fruitful, insightful and successful’’, adding that it was a deep-rooted meeting.
“He (Trump) showed what I would call ‘approval’ for almost all that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing. They followed what was happening, may be, in the last 20 years or so. They recognised the fact that things are tough and they appreciate the efforts of Mr President, but that there’s always room for improvement,’’ Amosun said.
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The governor said the Trump administration showed commitment and the general impression that it would support what the Nigerian government was doing.
“We’re gaining a lot. In the area of security, they’ve actually said they’re not only selling those Tucano helicopters to us, they’re going to follow it up with assistance, training and so on. In fact, as we speak, they are already in Nigeria assisting and they promised to do more," he said.
Also, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau said Buhari’s meeting with Trump “is not only fantastic but was very successful for the progress of our country."
Lalong said that looking at the totality of why the meeting took place, that Nigeria had achieved more than what she bargained for.
“Generally, in all the areas, they promised to help us, particularly in fighting terrorism in Nigeria and other security challenges that we have. They are assisting us in the area of the economy and of course in the area of fighting corruption, they are going to assist us. The meeting is not only fantastic but very successful for the progress of Nigeria," Lalong said.
The Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Sylvanus Nsofor, could not hide his joy for the turnout of the event at the meeting.
“We have succeeded," he said, adding that the meeting went smoothly with Trump and other bilateral engagements that Buhari and the Nigerian delegation attended.
“That the President of Nigeria came to see the President of America in my own time as the Ambassador and that everything went smoothly and successfully give me joy," Amb. Nsofor told NAN.
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Foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the gains of the visit covered security, trade and governance issues.
“On trade, the objective was to increase the level of trade between Nigeria and the United States. The two presidents agreed that concerted efforts will be made to ensure this. On security, the United States has been helping Nigeria, supplying military equipment in the fight against terrorism and there is the agreement to continue the cooperation between the two countries in this context," Onyeama told NAN.
In the area of governance, he said the return of large sums of money syphoned out and lodged in banks around the world, back to Nigeria was discussed.
The Attorney-General and minister for justice, Abubakar Malami, said the U.S. government was committed to clearing the bureaucratic bottlenecks on repatriation of over 500 million dollars back to Nigeria.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, said both Buhari and Trump had had a relationship for a while since the U.S. President spoke after his inauguration to his Nigerian counterpart. According to Enelamah, Trump acknowledged the importance of Nigeria and her economy in Africa.
“There is an acknowledgement that the U.S. is clearly the number one economy in the world and there is a lot of room for cooperation; both presidents view it as a priority. Trump also invited President Buhari to come to the White House as the first president from sub-Saharan Africa and everything that happened today reinforced that," the minister said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that amid cries from main opposition party PDP that President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war is selective, US president Donald Trump has backed the Nigerian leader’s achievements in his anti-graft campaigns.
Trump gave his endorsement on Monday, April 30, during a press conference between the two leaders after they met in the White House.
Trump noted that there is massive corruption in Nigeria, he praised President Buhari doing a good job of reducing graft.
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