Why President Obama Will Not Be Visiting Nigeria

// Headline | Why President Obama Will Not Be Visiting Nigeria
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
The United States on Tuesday hinted on the reasons why President Barack Obama won’t visit Nigeria during his upcoming three-nation trip to Africa.

According to US officials, the ongoing insecurity appeared to be responsible for the exclusion of Nigeria in Obama’s second visit to the continent.

Obama is scheduled to visit Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa.

The US government said the trip would focus on trade and investment, democratic institution-building, young people, and enhancing economic growth.

American Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, made this clarifications at a briefing on Tuesday.

The briefing was addressed jointly with the Senior Director for African Affairs Grant Harris and Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith, on Obama’s upcoming visit.

The text of the briefing was made available to journalists in Abuja by the Information Office of the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy.

Rhodes said, “With respect to Nigeria, we certainly believe that Nigeria is a fundamentally important country to the future of Africa. We’ve put a lot of investment in the relationship with Nigeria through their leadership of ECOWAS, through the significant US business investment in Nigeria and through our security cooperation.

“Obviously, Nigeria is working through some very challenging security issues right now. And in that process, they’re going to be a partner of the United States. We certainly believe we’ll have an opportunity to further engage the Nigerian government through bilateral meetings going forward. But at this point, we just were not able to make it to Nigeria on this particular itinerary.

“I will say that we purposefully designed the itineraries to be able to reach West Africa, South Africa and East Africa, and in West Africa, to visit Senegal, a French-speaking, Muslim-majority democracy that is an important partner of the United States and also provides a platform for the President to speak to the broader region.

“We are also looking at ways, at the President’s town hall in South Africa with young African leaders, to draw in through technology young people in Nigeria and in Kenya, among other places, so that the President is using this trip to speak to the broader African audience. We recognize we’d like to go to as many countries as possible.’’

Tagged : President Goodluck Jonathan, President Barack Obama

Headlines Newsview all

President Buhari tells Queen Elizabeth II "We need more Commonwealth support against terrorism "

President Muhammadu Buhari has for the establishment of a Commonwealth Committee to oversee the rendering of greater assistance and support to Nigeria and other member-countries ...

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Loses N241bn In 10 Months

A total of N240.98bn was lost by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation between January and October this year, latest figures from the firm’s oil and ... Full story

Only God Knows When I Would Get Married - Empress Njama

Not much has been heard from Nollywood diva, Empress Njama, since she relocated from Lagos to Abuja. However, the actress who was in town over ... Full story

Shocking: Policemen Treat Us Like Their ATMs - Lagos S3x Workers

In the early 1960s up till the late 1990s, the area used to be very popular among revelers from within and outside Lagos. Day and ... Full story

Without Prison’s Vocational Training, We’d Be Back To Crime – Ex - Inmates

In this sequel to the report about inmates studying and piling up university degrees in Nigerian prisons, KUNLE FALAYI tracks ex-inmates who live on skills ... Full story

EFCC Arrests ‘PASTOR’ For N200m Alleged Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has arrested one Jonathan Ibinabo Alatoru, a self-acclaimed pastor and Chief Executive Officer, Chemtronics Nigeria Limited, for conspiracy, forgery ...

Story Of Nigeria's Notorious Armed Robber, Derico Nwamama (True Story)

This is the story of one of the notorious armed robbers in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria who freely unleashed terror on both the civilians ... Full story

Toyin Aimakhu Threatens To Sue Blogger Who Reported She Was Beaten Up By New Lover

Through her lawyer, Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu has written a letter to a lagos blogger who reported a news that her new lover beat her ... Full story

Blow Money Fast! See How Nigerian Starboy, Wizkid Spends His Millions (Photos)

Wizkid is a force to be reckoned with as far as Nigerian music is concerned as he is currently raking in a large chunk of ... Full story

Nigerian Gay Activist, Bisi Alimi, Finally Visits Nigeria, Shares His Experience (Photos)

An elated Bisi Alimi who has finally visited Nigerian after 8 years, has disclosed how happy he is to come back home and was able ... Full story

Idris Elba: I Almost Died While Filming Movie 'BEAST OF NO NATION'

The actor has opened up about the scary experience, as he almost plummeted to his death when the branch he was holding snapped Idris Elba almost ... Full story

Comment on: Why President Obama Will Not Be Visiting Nigeria

Rate this article


Breaking News

Genevieve Nnaji Slays again In An Elegant Dress While Promoting Her New Movie (Photos)

Delectable Nollywood actress cum movie producer, Genevieve Nnaji, has been keeping her fashion game tight.The diva was recently spotted looking all “Right” at the Lagos ...

See How Uche Jombo Celebrated Son's 6 Months Birthday (Photos)

Just like other proud mothers who are always excited to see their children grow, Uche Jombo decided to celebrate her son, Matthew’s sixth month birthday ...

Woman Reportedly Embarrassed D'banj At The Airport For Not Prostrating For Her

According to a recent report, it was more like a melo-drama from the scenes of our home videos when a an angry woman attacked D’banj ...

Jude Okoye Shares Daughter's Cute Photo To Celebrate Her 1 Year Birthday

On July, 2014, P-Square manager and their elder brother, Jude Okoye, tied the knots with MBGN Tourism 2012 model, Ify Umeokeke.During their wedding, the bride ...

AY Comedian Celebrates 7 Years Wedding Anniversary With Sweet Words

Famous Nigerian comedian, AY Makun, is celebrating his 7 year wedding anniversary to his beautiful wife, Mabel.The rib-cracker took to his Instagram page to shower ...

Kate Hanshaw Not Happy With The Nigerian Police Force, Shares Ugly Experience

Celebrated Nollywood actress is presently not happy with the activities of some Nigerian policemen and took to her twitter handle to recount her ugly experience ...

My Wife Is So Sweet And My Harshest Critic - Ebuka Uchendu Writes

Popular media personality, Ebuka Uchendu who recently walked down the aisle with his beautiful wife, Cynthia, the daughter of billionaire CEO of Young shall Grow ...

I Will Like to Enlarge my Backside…Yetunde Bakare

Yoruba actress, Yetunde Bakare, has grown to become a household name in the lips of her teaming fans as she needs no recognition having struggled ...

I Don’t Have Any Issue with Tiwa Savage…Baba D Baba

Popular Nigerian comedian, Baba D Baba, has continued to explain that he never came out to insult Tiwa Savage neither does he have any personal ...

The True Story Of How Tonto Dikeh's Hubby Escaped From Robbers

The newly married husband of Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, is still trying to get over a road block attack which would have cost him his ...