President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria for the United States of America on July 19 with an official entourage of 33 people including his son Yusuf.
Nigeria’s ambassador to the US, Professor Ade Adefuye has given a brief on Buhari's four days stay in America.
Adefuye said the visit was important on many fronts because Nigeria and the US remain partners on many fronts.
He said America accepts Nigeria as an emerging economic giant not just in Africa but in the world, and that this is the first time the US has invited a newly elected African president who has been in office for less than two months to a state visit.
The Nigerian ambassador said that President Buhari “has what it takes to drive this emerging role of Nigeria and I am glad to receive him on this historic visit. The expectation that President Buhari will reposition the nation along the path of greatness is not misplaced.”
He added:“the importance of the visit is in the fact that the US is accommodating President Buhari at Blair House, the first of its kind for a Nigerian leader and at no expense to the country.”
One of the most important parts of the visit is the long awaited lecture of the Nigerian president at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on his last day in America.
President Buhari will be accompanied by Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Adams Oshiomhole, Kashim Shettima, Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi, Godwin Emefiele, Rotimi Amaechi, Senator Hadi Sirika, Ambassador Paul Bulus Z, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, Alhaji Aliyu Ismaila, Ambassador A.A. Musa, Ambassador G.B. Igali, Aliyu Yahaya Gusau, Dr. Mahmud Mohammed, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Ismaila Isa Funtua, Mr. Femi Adesina and Dr. Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi.
Also on the entourage are Malam Garba, Mohammed Sarki, Kalu Abba-Snr, Ambassador Lawal A. Kazaure, Air Commodore N. B. Bali, Nura Rimi, Bashir Abubakar, Lt. Col. M. Lawal Abubakar, Abdulkarim Dauda, Yau Abdullahi and Sabiu Yusuf.
Others are Yusuf Maiyaki, Adamu Sambo, Emmanuel Anrihi, Bayo Omoboriowo, Baba Ujah, Lawal Mato-Snr, Gbenga Folagbade and Shehu Lawal Abubakar.
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It had been reported that Buhari will include in his special team only five governors.
The former president Jonathan during his visit to the USA was also accompanied by a 30-man delegation.
Insecurity, terrorism and trade relations are included at the top of Buhari's agenda.
The US government has recently hinted of its intention to make another demand on Nigeria to repeal its law against same-sex unions.