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US Secretary to visit Nigeria

United States government has said it will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and northern state governors in Nigeria on issues concerning Boko Haram insurgency and religious extremism.

According to Assistant Secretary and US Department of State spokesman, John Kirby, the meeting will also focus corruption and the Federal Government’s efforts to tackle it.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry will meet with the President in Abuja next week.

“The Secretary will travel to Sokoto, and Abuja, on August 23 to 24. He will meet with President Buhari to discuss counter-terrorism efforts, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption, and human rights issues.

“In Sokoto, he will deliver a speech on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism. In Abuja, the secretary will meet with a group of adolescent girls working to change community perceptions that devalue the role of girls in society. He will also meet with northern governors and religious leaders,” Kirby said on Friday.

Kerry is expected to visit Kenya before coming to Nigeria to discuss the issue of terrorism in East African countries.

“On August 24 to 25, Secretary Kerry will travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for a series of meetings with senior Saudi leaders, his counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen.

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