Ajumogobia parleys with Clinton over proposed Obama’s visit to Nigeria
Thursday, 05 August 2010
Nigeria’s foreign Minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia resumed talks on Wednesday- with top US government officials on a possible US presidential visit to Nigeria soon, Empowered Newswire reports from Washington DC.
Informed Washington DC sources confirmed on Wednesday, that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ajumogobia will talk most importantly among other issues about a possible visit to Nigeria soon by President Barack Obama.
For some time the issue of a possible Obama visit to Nigeria has been a silent but constant underlay in the diplomatic exchanges between Nigeria and the US especially after then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan honored Obama’s invitation to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington in April this year.
After Jonathan’s meeting with Obama, several top US government officials had visited Nigeria and the US-Nigerian Bi-National Commission had also hosted meetings both in Nigeria and the US, further fuelling an improving US-Nigeria diplomatic relationships.
An authoritative source confirmed that the current meeting between Ajumogobia and different US government officials including Clinton and Ambassador Johnnie Carson, the US top diplomat in charge of Africa at the State Department, will review the issue of a potential Obama visit to Nigeria.