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Trump backs Nigeria’s counter-terrorism efforts, promises more weapons

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•Invites Buhari to the White House

…Jude Johnson

The United States President Donald Trump has commended Nigeria for the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in North East of the country.

Trump passed this vote of confidence on Monday’s phone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari, promising to approve the needed weapons to prosecute the war against terror.

According the statement from the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, the conversation between the two leaders was cordial.

“President Muhammadu Buhari this afternoon from London spoke to President Donald Trump on telephone at the request of the American President.

“The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet,” Adesina stated.

According to him, the two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.

He said that Trump encouraged Buhari “to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military”.

“President Trump assured the Nigerian President of US readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism,” he added.

Adesina also stated that Trump also invited President Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.


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