What Buhari, Trump discussed in New York, by minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb Geoffrey Onyeama, has disclosed what President Muhammadu Buhari discussed with the United States (US) President, Donald Trump.

Onyeama, who accompanied President Buhari to the lunch Trump had with select African leaders, said Buhari also used the opportunity to express gratitude to President Trump for supporting Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.

He also disclosed that the weaponry the US promised to release to Nigeria had been delivered.

Onyeama talked about the Super Tucano aircraft which would assist Nigeria in overcoming the war against insecurity occasioned by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.

Also, the Minister said Buhari raised the issue of fight against corruption and recovery of looted funds with Trump.

Onyeama said: “In particular, he 9Buhari) thanked President Trump for having called him when he was in London recuperating, and for his thoughtful gesture and good wishes and commended him because at that time, he promised to release some weaponry that the US was reluctant to sell to Nigeria and for having kept his word because they have been delivered; approval for the sale of Super Tucano aircraft which is badly needed in our fight against terrorists. He thanked Trump for that.

“He also thanked Trump for the US’ support with regards to fighting oil theft in the Gulf of Guinea and other security challenges there. He raised the issue with him, of fight against corruption and our efforts to have restituted to Nigeria, huge funds that have been stolen and in some cases, lodged in the American banking system.

“So, he brought that to the attention of President Trump and I was hopeful that the US and he in particular, would do what he could to facilitate the process of recovery of those funds,” he said.

 

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