ABUJA– The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will arrive in Abuja on Monday for an official visit to Nigeria, the final leg on a week-long, five-nation African tour which has already taken him to Chad, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The US Embassy in Abuja said here Sunday that Tillerson would hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday. When he arrives, Tillerson will become the highest ranking official in the Trump Administration to visit Nigeria,” the embassy added in a statement.

The Secretary is expected to hold a press conference at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday by 11.45 am. Tillerson is expected to be joined in the press availability by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama.” .

Tillerson had visited the Horn of Africa just days after he announced a new 533 million US dollars package for Africa out of which 128 million USD were earmarked for Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad region.

Tillerson and Buhari are expected to discuss counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria’s Northeast and the Lake Chad basin. He is also expected to discuss how to advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment with the president.

He would also meet US Embassy personnel and participate in events related to US government-supported activities.

During his visit to Kenyan, Tillerson, said on Friday in Nairobi he had shared his concerns with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta about the importance of democracy.

Tillerson said at a news conference that his concerns were that the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.



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