Ahead of the scheduled meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and United States President Donald Trump today, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who spoke to newsmen at the Blair house on behalf of the Presidency, accused former US President, Barack Obama of failing Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.
According to Garba Shehu, Obama had, in May 2015, supported Nigeria’s neighbouring countries with $35 million worth of military and defence support services.
“One is, no matter how Nigerians take our own country, this is hugely an important country and this recognition is being manifested in this visit.
“And, for the President personally, it is equally important that of all of the heads of state we have in the continent, he, of all of them, has come forward to meet president Trump.
“But, it is important to know that beyond the symbolism of the visit, there are important matters affecting both countries that will be placed on the table when the two presidents meet.
“It is important that cooperation between the two countries have manifestly increased under the Trump’s presidency. If you recall sometime back, the president had reason to openly complain that we were not receiving as much as we thought we deserved, in terms of support and cooperation, especially in our fight against terrorism back then, during the Obama period.
“And, it will seem that quite dramatically and interestingly, a lot of the obstacles are being removed under the Trump presidency and doors are being opened and we are receiving far more support than most people had expected” Garba Shehu said on behalf of the Presidency.
President Buhari who was received in Washington By Governors of Ogun State, Ibikunke Amosun, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu and her counterpart from the House of Representatives Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, is expected to hold talks with President Donald Trump on security, especially on the fight against terrorism, among others.