Yesterday, President Obama hosted President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in the Oval Office to express U.S. commitment to strengthening and expanding our partnership with Nigeria’s new government. The President made clear that the United States is prepared to increase support for a holistic effort by the Government of Nigeria to counter Boko Haram; one that protects human rights and brings together security and development tools to defeat Boko Haram and eliminate the factors that fuel extremism. President Obama and President Buhari also discussed what it will take to strengthen Nigeria’s economy, including a comprehensive approach to tackling corruption and reforming Nigeria’s energy sector.
Hosting President Buhari in Washington has created valuable opportunities for Vice President Biden and members of President Obama’s cabinet to meet with President Buhari, as well as for U.S. government departments and agencies to expand initiatives to support Nigeria’s priorities. Below are highlights from these events and announcements.
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Grant Harris is a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs.