The Nigerian President is not relenting in his efforts towards building the required coalition to effectively tackle the challenge of insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east.
Barely days after holding talks with his Cameroonian counterpart on areas of cooperation in the fight against the insurgents, including strengthening border security, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday paid a one-day visit to Benin Republic in continuation of the effort.
During his meeting with President Boni Yayi, coinciding with the anniversary of the country’s independence, President Buhari pledged to build on the success already achieved in creating a synergy among the Lake Chad Basin Commission members.
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in the United States for that historic meeting with U.S President Barack Obama.
The President arrived at Andrew’s Air Force Base Sunday afternoon and is said to be lodging at the Blair Mansion, on Pennsylvania Avenue, in DC.
Earlier, a statement from the White House said that the U.S President is looking forward to President Buhari’s visit, during which both leaders will be discussing the menace of Boko Haram and how to tackle insurgency.
President Buhari is making this visit, accompanied by a 33-man delegation, who will hold consultations with their U.S counterparts, and other events, aimed at building strong Nigeria-U.S relations.
Also up for discussion during the visit is how the United States would help Nigeria track billions of stolen assets and increase U.S military assistance.
The visit has been seen as a seal on U.S improving ties with Nigeria since Buhari won the April presidential election.
The United States Government says it will offer help to Nigeria in tracking billions of dollars of stolen funds and assets.
The government also said that the United States’ military will offer assistance to Nigeria in the fight against Islamic militants.
A White House statement says that this is part of what is expected to feature during discussion between Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and U.S. President, Barack Obama in Washington DC.
The cooperation between former President Goodluck Jonathan and the United States government had virtually grounded to a halt over issues, including the alleged refusal of Jonathan to investigate corruption and human rights abuses.
President Obama had long seen Nigeria as arguably the most important influential country in Sub-Saharan Africa and had always been willing to help Nigeria in counter terrorism training.
Since Buhari’s election, Washington is said to have committed 5 million dollars in new support for multi national task force to fight terrorism.
This is in addition to 34million dollars it had provided to Nigeria, Chad Cameroon and Niger for equipment and logistics.