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‘Why Buhari will be visiting U.S. this month’

Buhari and ObamaFrom the Ministry of Foreign Affairs came at the weekend confirmation that President Muhammadu Buhari will visit United States to meet with President Barack Obama on July 20, 2015.

The visit is coming barely a week after the US Supreme Court legalised same sex marriage in all states of America.

Briefing the press in Abuja on Saturday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo, said the President Buhari’s visit to U.S. would provide an avenue to discuss political, economic and other issues of mutual benefit to both countries, contrary to speculations that the meeting may be used by Obama to put pressure on Buhari to reverse the anti-gay marriage law passed by the National Assembly and assented to by former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Lolo said: “A statement has been made to the effect that the President will be in Washington for a meeting with Barack Obama on July 20, and I am affirming here that an invitation has been extended and President Buhari has accepted. Suffice me to say that it is true, he is going .

“But the notice for the visit, let me make it clear that no nation can exist as an Ireland to itself. You do not hesitate to accept invitation simply because you must address certain issues at a time when you have a window to engage. So, he is going to Washington this month to meet with President Barack Obama. It is not expression or romance. It is due to the quality of relationship between Nigeria and America that so soon after assuming office, there  is the willingness to engage Nigeria .

“There is opportunities in the visit because Mr. President will use that occasion to once again state what his vision is for the country. And he will not just take this to a small crowd. The U.S. audience is a very large one. President Buhari will have that opportunity to meet not only with the government but the private sector operators. These are the occasions when countries are able to mobilize support and market the product successfully.

“And so going out to Washington should be seen as an opportunity for Nigeria to enter the biggest market and get one of the best up there that one can wish to have. I see it beyond romance but a chrystalisation of a relationship that is strong and mutually beneficial to the people of Nigeria and America.”

On the outcome of the President’s visit to G7 meeting, Lolo said: “The G7 have promised to support the government. They requested our President to draw up his list of requirements and priorities and submit to them for consideration.
“We have every hope that with the momentum of opportunities we have, we will remain engaged with our partners, including the G7.”

On Buhari visits to Chad and Niger, the permanent secretary affirmed that it was part of efforts to end the insurgency in the northern part of the country. “The President’s visits to the two countries gave him opportunities to have fruitful discussions with his counterparts on security issues, the areas of cooperation and what must be done. It has come true to all that the fight against Boko Haram will not be tackled only by military action, but by addressing the fundamental root causes of insurgency.

We then can find a lasting solution to the problem. And so, the government of these countries have agreed to take military options, alongside economic, social and other supportive measures that will also bring succour to the people,” he said. “For us to win the battle against Boko Haram, we must remain engaged and work with others and because we have that opportunity so we can look at the future with hope, “ Lolo added.



28 Comments
  • The Nigeria Future Project

    Check the spelling – Island not Ireland – Is this writer a product of Nigeria’s poor education system?

    • Humanity War Scare

      YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE EDITOR AND ATTEND TO THE DISCUSSION ABOVE. DO NOT BE LIKE THE US POLICE AND THE US GOVERNMENT THAT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN AND STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU TO COUNTRY INTEREST AND HATE CRIME AND HUMANITY ABUSE TO SUSTAIN DOMINANCE. WE NEED TO ATTEND TO A VERY BIG ISSUE NOT EDITOR’S MISTAKE. NOT TIME TO WASTE. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS A WASTE OF TIME TO ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.

      • The Nigeria Future Project

        Attention to detail is the mark of quality work. Nigerians too quickly settle for poor quality. Spelling is important, it shows that the writer has the command of the language. Poor editing devalues the brand of the newspaper. In a spelling test…the answer would be marked wrong.

        • Humanity War Scare

          You can not be a mature international problem solver. They do not have time to correct

  • Ige Sodiq Hameed

    to beg his great grand son for handouts.

    • Humanity War Scare

      YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE EDITOR AND ATTEND TO THE DISCUSSION ABOVE. DO NOT BE LIKE THE US POLICE AND THE US GOVERNMENT THAT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN AND STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU TO COUNTRY INTEREST AND HATE CRIME AND HUMANITY ABUSE TO SUSTAIN DOMINANCE. WE NEED TO ATTEND TO A VERY BIG ISSUE NOT EDITOR’S MISTAKE. NOT TIME TO WASTE. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS A WASTE OF TIME TO ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE

  • Muan Yau

    This writer should attenf UNN for English and spelling, by the way is he a mallam?

    • Humanity War Scare

      YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE EDITOR AND ATTEND TO THE DISCUSSION ABOVE. DO NOT BE LIKE THE US POLICE AND THE US GOVERNMENT THAT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN AND STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU TO COUNTRY INTEREST AND HATE CRIME AND HUMANITY ABUSE TO SUSTAIN DOMINANCE. WE NEED TO ATTEND TO A VERY BIG ISSUE NOT EDITOR’S MISTAKE. NOT TIME TO WASTE. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS A WASTE OF TIME TO ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE….

  • Muan Yau

    Ireland is a country

    • Fuzio

      I thought I was the only one that saw that. I had to reread the passage to make sure that it was not the country that was being referred to.

      • Humanity War Scare

        YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE EDITOR AND ATTEND TO THE DISCUSSION ABOVE. DO NOT BE LIKE THE US POLICE AND THE US GOVERNMENT THAT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN AND STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU TO COUNTRY INTEREST AND HATE CRIME AND HUMANITY ABUSE TO SUSTAIN DOMINANCE. WE NEED TO ATTEND TO A VERY BIG ISSUE NOT EDITOR’S MISTAKE. NOT TIME TO WASTE. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS A WASTE OF TIME TO ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.

    • Humanity War Scare

      YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE EDITOR AND ATTEND TO THE DISCUSSION ABOVE. DO NOT BE LIKE THE US POLICE AND THE US GOVERNMENT THAT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN AND STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU TO COUNTRY INTEREST AND HATE CRIME AND HUMANITY ABUSE TO SUSTAIN DOMINANCE. WE NEED TO ATTEND TO A VERY BIG ISSUE NOT EDITOR’S MISTAKE. NOT TIME TO WASTE. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS A WASTE OF TIME TO ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE..

  • Princely Adeleye

    What is wrong with the Nigerian Military training ?.

    The reason for my question stems from the fact that all past military administrators in Nigeria follows the same behavioural attributes. Always confused with governance in a democratic enviroment.

    OBJ spent his first three years as an Elected/Selected President jumping around all over the places claiming to be cleaning up the Nigerian image overseas. For those of living abroad, we believed that he was doing no such thing. But the Nigerian media(controlled by the South West) held on to that propaganda machine of theirs. He failed woefully. Guys,…you know the rest of the story.

    Mr Buhari, at his old age, instead of sitting still in his new office enviroment and getting to work, now wants do same so that he could start accumulating stupendous billions of Naira(albeit, legally and officially) into his bank account.

    What is wrong with us?.

  • Princely Adeleye

    The average Nigerian Christian household spends say, six hours on Sundays praying to God for divine intervention. Their Muslim counterpart excuses himself/herself from work on Fridays to go to the Mosque where they go to pray to Allah among other social activities for God knows how many hours.

    If any of these set of worshipers are civil servants, it seems therefore that their ability to carry out their duties at their various place of employment between Fridays and the following Mondays are in the negative. Then, there is the Wednesdays sleep over at the place of worship prayer sessions. So, the following day, Thursday will suffer the same fate.

    What is wrong with us?.

  • DE KING

    Buhari a hardcore terrorist n pedophile heading to US ! lol!

  • Jumpingbrook

    There is a nation that exist as Ireland, I quote “But the notice for the visit, let me make it clear that no nation can exist as an Ireland to itself. You do not hesitate to accept invitation simply because you must address certain issues at a time when you have a window to engage.”, na waaaa! I guess that is wrong, it should have been “Island”, my dear editor

  • real

    Guardia, pls, don’t be like other papers. If the perm sec cannot speak good English, correct it and put it in bracket. It is island not ‘Ireland’. The former is correct, the later is a country.

    • Humanity War Scare

      YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE EDITOR AND ATTEND TO THE DISCUSSION ABOVE. DO NOT BE LIKE THE US POLICE AND THE US GOVERNMENT THAT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN AND STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU TO COUNTRY INTEREST AND HATE CRIME AND HUMANITY ABUSE TO SUSTAIN DOMINANCE. WE NEED TO ATTEND TO A VERY BIG ISSUE NOT EDITOR’S MISTAKE. NOT TIME TO WASTE. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS A WASTE OF TIME TO ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE

  • Humanity War Scare

    WE WILL SEE BUHARI AS A VERY WEAK PRESIDENT TAKING ADVICE OR INSTRUCTIONS FROM AMERICA. WE ARE READY AND SET TO REPLACE HIM ONLY IF HE DARES TRY THAT AMERICA DO NOT PUT HIM THERE. IF THEY PUT HIM THERE, WE SHALL REMOVE HIM

    NIGERIA NEEDS ABOUT 50 HD SPACE VIDEO CAMERAS AND 5 NON-HD SPACE CAMERAS, SKELETON VIEW SPACE INFRARED, 50 BELOW HOBBIT SPACE ALIEN DETECTOR, STANDBY SATELLITE DESTROYER INCASE OF HUMANITY ABUSE OF LAWLESS COUNTRIES, 30 LAW ENFORCEMENT SPACE SATELLITE AND VOICE COMMUNICATOR, MULTIPLE SPACE INTERNET SATELLITE, 5 MILLION POLICE SURVEILLANCE CARS FROM LOCAL MANUFACTURERS, 15 MILLION POLICE GPS LOCATOR, 10,000 LETHAL HELICOPTERS,30,000 ARMOR TANK, 10, 000 UNDERWATER SUBMARINES, 10,000 NAVY SHIPS CARRIER, 10,000 JET CARRIERS, 15,000 FIGHTER JETS, 10,000 SPACE CAR, 70 CONTROL CENTERS EQUIPPED WITH VERY HIGH SECURITY COMPUTERS AND DEVICES IN POPULATED STATES ACROSS NIGERIA, ANOTHER 10 SPACE AND LAND CONTROL CENTERS EQUIPPED WITH COMPUTERS AND SECURITIES DEFENSE DEVICES FOR 20,000 NIGERIAN INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS AND ADVOCATES THAT WILL KEEP NIGERIAN MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGN VIOLATORS IN CHECK, (ASSIGN TO THEM THE SATELLITE DESTROYERS)

    THIS IS BUHARI’S ASSIGNED BUSINESS

  • Izeobor

    I apologize for the error, on behalf of the writer or Guardian newspaper editor, and let’s focus on the substance of the write-up. After all the President of the country deposited his own secondary school certificate to the military and forgot about it for more than fifty(50) years until his detractors started making fuss about it. When Britain was tired of ruling, sorry remote-controlling, the country they handed the country over to a mullah. America was annoyed the powers that be were not singing their tunes such as “hook, line, and sinker” swallowing of same-sex marriage view. Some Nostradamuses predicted the break-up of the country by 2015. Though 2015 has come but not gone, we still have the Boko Haramers which the USA hesitatingly branded a terrorist organisation. Buhari cannot fight the BH with charms and amulets and we can see the reason he has to go to USA to BEG for technology to fight BH instead of looking for a way to reduce unemployment, create jobs for the employable but unemployed graduates who are now forced by necessity to engage in all sorts of clandestine and unwholesome acts to survive in a country where criminals are parading and masquerading as politicians and raping the country’s treasury bare.

    • PlusOne

      What is your point ? keep it simple.

  • Humanity War Scare

    WE WILL SEE BUHARI AS A VERY WEAK PRESIDENT TAKING ADVICE OR INSTRUCTIONS FROM AMERICA. WE ARE READY AND SET TO REPLACE HIM ONLY IF HE DARES TRY THAT AMERICA DO NOT PUT HIM THERE. IF THEY PUT HIM THERE, WE SHALL REMOVE HIM

    NIGERIA NEEDS ABOUT 50 HD SPACE VIDEO CAMERAS AND 5 NON-HD SPACE CAMERAS, SKELETON VIEW SPACE INFRARED, 50 BELOW HOBBIT SPACE ALIEN DETECTOR, STANDBY SATELLITE DESTROYER INCASE OF HUMANITY ABUSE OF LAWLESS COUNTRIES, 30 LAW ENFORCEMENT SPACE SATELLITE AND VOICE COMMUNICATOR, MULTIPLE SPACE INTERNET SATELLITE, 5 MILLION POLICE SURVEILLANCE CARS FROM LOCAL MANUFACTURERS, 15 MILLION POLICE GPS LOCATOR, 10,000 LETHAL HELICOPTERS,30,000 ARMOR TANK, 10, 000 UNDERWATER SUBMARINES, 10,000 NAVY SHIPS CARRIER, 10,000 JET CARRIERS, 15,000 FIGHTER JETS, 10,000 SPACE CAR, 70 CONTROL CENTERS EQUIPPED WITH VERY HIGH SECURITY COMPUTERS AND DEVICES IN POPULATED STATES ACROSS NIGERIA, ANOTHER 10 SPACE AND LAND CONTROL CENTERS EQUIPPED WITH COMPUTERS AND SECURITIES DEFENSE DEVICES FOR 20,000 NIGERIAN INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS AND ADVOCATES THAT WILL KEEP NIGERIAN MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGN VIOLATORS IN CHECK, (ASSIGN TO THEM THE SATELLITE DESTROYERS)

    THIS IS BUHARI’S ASSIGNED BUSINESS.

  • uduakomiri

    Imagine a permanent secretary at the federal ministry of foreign affairs is unable to string two good logical sentences together ‘There is opportunities’. And does it mean the Guardian reports does not know the difference between an Island, which is a place or strip of land surrounded by water/rivers etc and Ireland which is a EU nation, and part of the United Kingdom?

  • Sunshine

    There is a common saying in Nigeria that what you are looking for in Sokoto is in your Shokoto that is your cloth not too far away. Three days after Buhari was inaugurated, he went to Niger and Chad. During the G7 meeting he went to present Nigeria case. Obama is inviting to America . During his campaign, he never mention to Nigeria people that he was going to use these people to fight Boko Naram. He made us understand that as a retired military officer, that he has all that it takes and that as soon as he comes in there will be an end to it. He has not even to the NE to see for himself he is using the service chiefs and has sent the vice president. Now he is jetting if to America. Can he not sit down first use his brains instead of other peoples brains. The Boko Haram has changed their strategies at the moment using female and male suicide bombers. What will America do to stop this? Regarding gay marriage, if people in Kenya are protest about their own visiting and should not come to talk about it, it will be silly for Bugari to accept it.

    • PlusOne

      He’s off to the US to open a new bank account.

      • Sunshine

        ????

  • Izeobor

    PlusOne use your tongue to count your teeth.

  • Caleb Wole

    I know Dr Jonathan met with President Obama more than once though, the outcome of those meetings still remain a mirage to a lot of us! So, it is not a big deal for President Obama inviting President Buhari. Also, Buhari is a candidate of the White House, there is no doubt about that. As a result, this invitation is not a surprise to someone like me. My fear now is- how is he going to express himself clearly before these guys at the Capitol when a lot of us-Nigerians from the south could barely understand him!!! My advise is that-he should let Femi Adesina speaks for him over there otherwise the visit won’t make any sense!!!

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