President Muhammadu Buhari got yesterday from United States President Donald Trump some commendation and a challenge – to stop killings in some parts of the country.
The killings are generally seen to have been sparked by herdsmen-farmers clashes, but they are now believed to be terrorism-related.
Buhari said he would work to end the killings. Trump said his administration was committed to fighting terrorism and human trafficking.
Buhari is the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to be received by the U.S. President nearly 15 months into his term.
The discussions between the two leaders centered on security challenges, including the nearly decade-long Boko Haram insurgency, trade and investment, procurement of military hardware and corruption.
The leaders however side stepped the alleged description of some African nations as “shithole countries.”
Trump said: “Nigeria has a reputation for very massive corruption. I also know that the President (Buhari) has been able to cut that down very substantially. We talked about that, he is working on it and they have made a lot of progress and I think they will continue to make a lot of progress.”
Trump added that this cut down on corruption in Nigeria will attract investors from the U.S. to Nigeria.
“We have a lot of people in this country that invest in Nigeria, so cutting down on that corruption element…is very important to us and the President (Buhari) will be able to do that,” he added.
He also recognised Nigeria’s effort in its fight against terrorism and promised to support the country in that regard.