- Okorocha, Oshiomhole, Ajimobi, Al-Makura, Shettima make list
- Anti-terrorism, war against corruption, trade relations top agenda
An itinerary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States of America, USA, has shown that only All Progressives Congress, APC governors are on the trip.
The governors are Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, his Edo State counterpart, Adams Oshiomhole, Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno) and Oyo State’s Abiola Ajimobi.
The President will leave for Washington DC on a four-day official visit to the United States of America, USA, where Nigeria’s war against insurgents will top his talks with host, President Barack Obama.
The two leaders will also review current treaties between the two countries, strengthen them and intensify bilateral and international cooperation against terrorism in Nigeria and the West-African sub-region.
According to the President’s itinerary, released by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari who meets with President Obama at the White House on Monday, will hold further discussions with Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Deputy Secretary of Defence, Robert Work on military and defence cooperation.
The President will also meet with Vice President Joe Biden and confer with the US Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch, the US Secretary of Treasury, Jack Lew, the US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker and the US Trade representative, Michael Froman on United States’ support for his administration’s war against corruption, as well as fresh measures to boost Nigeria-US trade relations.
“The President, who will be received by the United States Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington DC, will later hold meetings with the United States Senate and Congressional Committees on Foreign Relations, as well as the Black Caucus of the United States House of Representatives,” Adesina said.
Before leaving Washington DC, President Buhari will address the United States Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Council for Africa.
Adesina said the President will be accompanied by the Governors of Imo, Nasarawa, Edo, Borno and Oyo states, as well as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment; he will also host an interactive session with Nigerians in the American Diaspora.
The President will also use the opportunity to reunite with members of the American War College Class of 1980 in which he was a participant.
He is due back in Abuja next Thursday.
Meanwhile, former Secretary-General of Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, was also at the State House where he met President Buhari on preparations for his US visit.
“I had a positive discussion with the President; we discussed international affairs, including in particular, his forthcoming visit to the United States on the invitation of President Obama. We also touched on some national issues because of the strong link between foreign policy and domestic issues. I put at his disposal the benefits of my long experience on governance matters with Heads of Governments of 54-member countries of the Commonwealth and also other issues related to internal affairs.
“The President is very determined to effect a real change in the circumstances of our country and very determined too to bear on his administration the generally perceived attributes of his character, which I believe many Nigerians would support,” he said.
Anyaoku also said he believes the President is committed and capable of fighting corruption in the country.