U.S. President Barack Obama will host Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House on July 20, the White House National Security Council said on Thursday.
It said in Washington that the visit would underscore U.S. commitment to expanding its partnership with Nigeria’s new government and support for the Nigerian people.
Obama’s administration had faced criticism for not planning to visit Nigeria during a two-nation Africa tour to Kenya and Ethiopia also slated for July.
The White House said Obama looks forward to discussing with Buhari the two countries’ many shared priorities including US-Nigeria cooperation to “advance a holistic, regional approach to combating Boko Haram, as well as Nigeria’s efforts to advance economic and political reforms that will help unlock its full potential as a regional and global leader.”
During the visit, Buhari’s advisers are expected to meet with their American counterparts and discuss building a stronger bilateral relationship.