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Trump to Welcome President of Nigeria to White House

Trump to Welcome President of Nigeria to White House

The state department under Trump approved the sale previous year after the Obama administration halted it following accusations that Nigeria's air force was bombing civilians.

This was made known in a statement released by the White House, which said Trump is looking forward to discussing how the 2 countries can enhance their partnership.

Last year, Washington has formally agreed a $593 million foreign military sale to Nigeria, including 12 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft, in order to further the nation's campaign against Boko Haram and the ISIS West Africa branch.

President Buhari thanked members of the group for identifying with the country.

The US president has also sought to improve relationship with African governments after his alleged reference to African nations as "shitholes" in January.

The meeting comes weeks after Rex Tillerson, then USA secretary of state, visited Nigeria and other African countries in March only to be fired after his return to Washington. However the trip was cut short and Tillerson fired.

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According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the three-pronged focus of President Buhari's administration resonated through the conversation. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy.

President Buhari has responded to some of the backlash saying his administration had not "done too badly", considering the economic challenges facing the country before he took office in 2015.

The Prime Minister said the Buhari administration has "been making good progress on the economy", and urged it to maintain the focus, despite approaching elections, and increase in political activities.

Some of Buhari's public criticism has come from surprising quarters; his wife.

He commended members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation for deciding to identify with the country when they could have stayed overseas where they are comfortable.

"I, therefore, feel that we are here to serve Nigeria to the best of our ability", she added in the statement.