Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Washington DC ahead of his Working Visit on 29 April, 2018.
In an interview with journalists after arriving in Washington DC, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the relationship between the countries improved remarkably with the coming on board of Trump.
He said that ahead of the visit by the President, meetings had been scheduled on April 26 and 27, between senior Nigerian government officials and executives of major USA companies in the areas of agriculture, aviation and transportation.
"(The visit) is meant to signal that the United States continues to see Nigeria as one of its most important partners on the continent", Blanchard said.
Buhari is already in the USA where he would meet with Trump on Monday.
Shehu said issues affecting both countries would be discussed at the meeting with focus on security and safety, trade and investment as well as democratic development in Nigeria.
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"It is important (to note) that cooperation between the two countries has manifestly increased under the Trump presidency".
"On President Trump's side, it's definitely putting that controversy behind him", Pham said. "We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt, and the United States has, believe me, backing and we have strong backing". The President is expected to meet with Donald Trump, President of the United States.
The group was led by Wale Adewoye who said they were at Blair House to show their support for the president. When we came we are over 150 people but because of the cold and people needed to go back to work, so people went back.
Some Nigerians based in the U.S. had embarked on solidarity rally shortly after Buhari arrived the country.
"So we just felt that we should support him in our little way, to encourage the government that we are behind him to support him".
The deal has recently come under scrutiny in Nigeria, a country with endemic corruption, where lawmakers are accusing the president of illegally withdrawing funds to purchase the planes. "I have been here since 7am waiting for me to see him and wave to him, for him to know that we stand with him and we will continue to stand with him".
The president was accompanied on the visit by, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State; Governor Simon Lalung of Plateau State; Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.