Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is to meet President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday, the first African leader to be received by Trump’s White House administration. He arrived Blair House, the US Presidential Guest House where he will be staying throughout his three-day working visit.
Buhari was met on arrival by Mr. Aliko Dangote and Mr. Tope Shonubi of Sahara Energy at Blair House in Washington. All eyes will be on Trump after he earlier called African nations “shithole” countries, a damaging remark he has since denied.
Trump’s relationship with the continent suffered a further setback in March when former secretary of state Rex Tillerson was fired while in Nigeria on his first trip to the continent. As a result, the visit revealed little about Trump’s Africa policy. According to a White House statement, the talks will focus on fighting terrorism and insecurity, economic growth and democratic development in Nigeria, set to hold presidential polls in February next year.