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FW: Why did President Buhari meet Trump?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.


Yesterday, 30th April 2018, the U.S President, Donald Trump, hosted President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in Washington DC. Both Presidents also had a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House after their meeting.

Before the meeting, the White House had said that President Trump was eager to discuss ways of enhancing their partnership with Nigeria in areas of economic growth, fighting terrorism and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader inAfrica.


Why is this meeting important?

The meeting is symbolic because President Muhammadu Buhari is the first African president to meet with Donald Trump since he assumed office as the president of the U.S.

After Trump’s 'shithole' comment on African countries earlier this year, Nigeria was one of the outraged African countries to summon the U.S. Ambassador to explain the President’s vulgar remarks.

Before then, Trump's popularity had not fared well among Nigerians due to his strict immigration policies and allegations that he said Nigerians would not want to return to their “huts”  if they were allowed to visit the U.S.

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