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Obama snubs Nigeria yet again

21 May 2013, 10:10

Lagos - Nigeria has been struck off United States President Barack Obama's itinerary for his upcoming trip to Africa.

Nigeria, the continent's biggest nation was earlier listed among the four African countries that Obama planned to visit between June 26 to July 3.

The other three countries are Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

The US president had earlier excluded Nigeria during his first visit to Africa in 2009, alluding his inability to visit on the grounds of poor democratic credentials and corruption.

It could not be ascertained why he was specifically not visiting Nigeria next month.

In a statement, the White House rather focused on the three countries he will visit.

"The President will reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions and investing in the next generation of African leaders," read a statement.

"The trip will underscore the President’s commitment to broadening and deepening cooperation between the United States and the people of sub-Saharan Africa to advance regional and global peace and prosperity.”

Obama will meet leaders from government, business, and civil society to discuss strategic partnerships on bilateral and global

- CAJ News


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