President Muhammadu Buhari is due to arrive Washington, DC on Sunday, July 19 and is due to meet with President Obama at the White House on Monday, July 20. According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari would hold high-level talks with Obama and other senior officials of the US government.
He said Buhari will meet Obama at the White House on July 20, and later hold further discussions with the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey and the Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work on military and defense cooperation.
On America’s support for Buhari’s government’s war against corruption as well as fresh measures to boost Nigeria-US trade relations, the president would meet with US Vice President Joe Biden and confer with the US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch; the US Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew; the US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker and the US Trade representative, Michael Froman.
Adesina said Buhari would be received by the US Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington DC and would later meet with the US Senate and Congressional Committees on Foreign Relations as well as the Black Caucus of the US House of Representatives.
The presidential spokesman said before leaving Washington DC, Buhari would address the United States Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Council for Africa.
He said the trip would also afford Buhari the opportunity of a reunion with members of the American War College Class of 1980 in which he was a distinguished participant.
Buhari will also host an interactive session with Nigerians in the American Diaspora.
The President will be accompanied by the governors of Imo, Nasarawa, Edo, Borno and Oyo States as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment.
President Buhari is due back in Abuja on Thursday, July 23.