The U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, will today Monday, March 12 arrive Nigeria for his first official visit to the country in a week-long tour of some African countries.
According to reports, a Press Advisory from the U.S. Embassy stated that Tillerson would hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
Mr. Tillerson who has already visited the Horn of Africa announced a new $533m aid package for Africa out of which $128m was earmarked for Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad region.
President Buhari is scheduled to meet with the U.S Secretary for talks on issues which include counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria’s North-East and the Lake Chad basin as well as on how to better secure peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investments between both countries.
Mr. Tillerson is also expected to meet with U.S. Embassy personnel and participate in events related to U.S. government-supported activities.
According to the U.S Embassy Press Advisory, –
“When he arrives, Tillerson will become the highest ranking official in the Trump administration to visit Nigeria.
The secretary is expected to hold a press conference at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday by 11.45am.
Tillerson is expected to be joined in the press conference by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama.”