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US Secretary of State will Hold Talks with Northern Governors

The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, is expected to visit Nigeria on August 23 to discuss his country’s cooperation with Nigeria over Boko Haram, economy and human rights issues.

According to a statement issued by the Information Office of the U.S Embassy in Abuja on Friday, Kerry would hold meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Northern Governors.

It stated that the Secretary will travel to Sokoto and Abuja between August 23 to 24.
The statement reads, “Kerry will meet with President Muhammadu 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.”

The embassy disclosed that Kerry would travel to Nairobi a day earlier to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counter terrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.
The last time the US Secretary of State was in Nigeria was in December of 2014, a few days before the Presidential election which brought President Buhari into power.

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