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Anti-terrorism war tops agenda as Buhari meets Obama, others

The Presidency on Wednesday said security, especially war
against terrorism, will top the agenda of President
Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with President Barack
Obama and others during his four-day official visit to the
United States of America.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,
Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement, said Buhari would depart
Abuja on Sunday to Washington DC for the visit.
Adesina said during the visit, the President would hold high-
level talks with Obama and other senior officials of the US

“Topmost on the agenda of President Buhari’s talks with
President Obama and United States Government officials
will be measures to strengthen and intensify bilateral and
international cooperation against terrorism in Nigeria and
West-Africa,” Adesina said.

The presidential spokesman added that Buhari, who will
meet with Obama at the White House on Monday, will later
hold further discussions with the Chairman of the United
States Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and the
Deputy Secretary of Defence, Robert Work, on military and
defence cooperation.

He said the President will also meet with 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 on US’ support for his
administration’s war against corruption as well as fresh
measures to boost Nigeria-US trade relations.

Adesina said the President, who will be received by the US
Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington
DC, will later hold meetings with the US Senate and

Congressional Committees on Foreign Relations, as well as
the Black Caucus of the US House of Representatives.

Before leaving Washington DC, Adesina added that Buhari
will address the US Chamber of Commerce and Corporate
Council for Africa.

He said 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.

He added that Buhari will also host an interactive session
with Nigerians in the American Diaspora.

“The US trip will also afford President Buhari the
opportunity of a reunion with members of the American War
College Class of 1980 in which he was a distinguished

“He is due back in Abuja on Thursday, July 23,” he

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