US Secretary of State Tillerson to arrive in Nigeria on March 12

US Secretary of State Tillerson to arrive in Nigeria on March 12

- The US Embassy confirmed that Tillerson will arrive in Abuja on March 12

- A statement from the embassy revealed Tillerson's programme while in Nigeria

- The American government official is visiting Nigeria for the first time

The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will arrive in Abuja on Monday, March for his first official visit to Nigeria.

A Press Advisory from the U.S. Embassy said Tillerson would hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

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 11.45 a.m.

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”Tillerson is expected to be joined in the press availability by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama,” the embassy stated.

Tillerson has been on a week-long tour of Africa.

He has visited the Horn of Africa just days after he announced a new 533 million dollars aid package for Africa out of which 128 million dollars was earmarked for Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad region.

When Tillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria’s Northeast and the Lake Chad basin.

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He is also expected to discuss how to advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment with the president

During his trip, he is expected also to meet with U.S. Embassy personnel and participate in events related to U.S. government-supported activities. reported some days back that the US Secretary of State Tillerson departed the north American country for Africa on a week-long four-country official visit to Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The visit will end March 13. Tillerson, during the visit, would engage with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries, and the leaders of the three other countries.

The trip, Tillerson's first official visit to Africa, as Secretary of State, would take him first to Ethiopia and then to Djibouti from where he would go to Kenya, and then to Chad, before coming to Nigeria.

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