President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday expressed the hope that his forthcoming meeting with President Barack Obama will further strengthen bilateral ties between Nigeria and the United States of America.
Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement said the President spoke during a meeting with the US Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. Anthony J. Blinken, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari said his talks with Obama would also give impetus to his administration’s efforts to overcome the challenge of terrorism.
He said he was also looking forward to greater support from the US for the multinational Joint Task Force being mobilised against Boko Haram.
Buhari said Nigeria and other Gulf of Guinea nations will also welcome more cooperation from the US to enhance maritime security in the Gulf and curb crude oil theft.
On behalf Obama, Blinken commiserated with Buhari and all Nigerians over the recent loss of lives in terrorist attacks.
Blinken said he was convinced that President Buhari’s election will further expand the frontiers of the existing relationship between Nigeria and the United States.
He assured the President that the United States government will be ready to discuss all matters put forward by the Nigerian government during the President’s visit to Washington DC