6 Issues Buhari May Discuss With Trump On Monday
President Buhari is in Washington and he is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump for talks.
Nigeria's President is the first African President invited for talks by Trump since he took over as the President of the United States of America.
Bother leaders will hold bilateral meeting and a working lunch on Monday.
1. Talks are expected to focus on 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.
2. It is coming days after the U.S. said it would, in 2020, about two years from now, deliver 12 Super Tucano fighter jets and other weapons it agreed to sell to Nigeria to combat Boko Haram insurgents and other extremist groups.
That delivery is expected to be part of the discussion.
3. 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.
4. If earlier comments by the U.S. on Nigeria's 2019 elections will stand, Trump will not give Buhari any promise of support, as the Nigerian leader seeks a second term.
The U.S. had consistently said it will remain neutral in its involvement in the electoral process, as much as it is interested in the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
5. Dapchi and Chibok girls still in Boko Haram custody are also likely to make the list of issues that will be discussed.
Over 80 girls abducted on April 14, 2019 from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State and another Christian girl, Leah Sharibu, taken from another school in Dapchi, Yobe State, are still in the custody of Boko Haram and the government has consistently promised Nigerians that the girls would be rescued.
6. The "Shithole" Comment
Nigerians will hope that President Buhari will raise issues with Trump over comments made months ago about Nigerians living in huts and that the nation is a 'shithole' country.
Whether President Buhari will be willing enough to raise the issue is another matter.
Ahead of the meeting between the two leaders, other meetings were held on 26 and 27 April, between senior Nigerian Government officials and executives of major US companies in the areas of agriculture, aviation and transportation.
In the area of aviation, the Nigerian officials met with Boeing, the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, on the National Carrier Project.
On agriculture, they also met with large equipment manufacturers with focus on harvesting and post harvesting equipment.
Another sector that also get attention is transportation and the officials met with the GE-led consortium for the implementation of the interim phase of the narrow gauge rail concession.