The Presidency has disclosed that President Muhammadu
Buhari will leave Nigeria on Saturday for the United States of
It had been earlier reported that President Donald
Trump will host his Nigerian counterpart, Buhari in
Washington on April 30 and that the meeting will focus on
“fighting terrorism” and “promoting economic growth.”
In a statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST on
Friday, by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and
Publicity, Femi Adesina, the presidency said Buhari, “will
leave Abuja on 28th April 2018, on an official working visit to
the United States of America, on the invitation of President
“President Buhari will have bilateral meeting with President
Trump and a working lunch on Monday 30th April 2018.
“The meeting is to discuss ways to enhance the strategic
partnership between the two countries and to advance
shared priorities, such as: promoting economic growth,
fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security.
“The meeting will further deepen the US-Nigeria relationship
as the United States considers Nigeria’s economic growth,
security and leadership in Africa to be critical aspects of
their strategic partnership.
“Later in the day, President Buhari will meet with a group of
business persons in agriculture and agro-processing, dairy
and animal husbandry.
“Ahead of the visit by President Buhari, meetings have been
scheduled on 26th and 27th April, 2018, between senior
Nigerian Government officials and executives of major US
companies in the areas of agriculture, aviation and
“In the area of aviation, the Nigerian officials will be meeting
with Boeing, the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world,
on the National Carrier Project.
“On agriculture, they will meet with large equipment
manufacturers with focus on harvesting and post harvesting
“In the area of transportation, the officials will meet with the
GE-led consortium for the implementation of the interim
phase of the narrow gauge rail concession.
“In the interim phase, a substantive concession agreement
will be negotiated and finalized to provide the consortium
the opportunity to invest an estimated $2bn, to modernize
the rail line from Lagos to Kano (Western Line) and from
Port Harcourt to Maiduguri (Eastern Line). During the
meeting, the concession framework and the interim phase
framework agreements are expected to be signed.
“The Nigerian officials will also meet with US-EXIM Bank
and the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation to
explore competitive financing arrangements.
“It is noteworthy that in 2017, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of
Industry, Trade and Investment and the United States
Department of Commerce signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to promote and encourage commercial and
investment ties between Nigeria and the United States, with
initial focus on infrastructure, agriculture, digital economy,
investment and regulatory reforms.”