US President Barack Obama speaks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2015. Obama welcomes Nigeria's freshly elected president after the country's first ever democratic transition.
President Barrack Obama on Monday in White House, United States passed a vote of confidence on the visiting Nigerian president, Mohammadu Buhari, he came into office with a clear and defined agenda.
Obama spoke when he received the Nigerian leader who was on 4-day official visit in the country.
Who expressed confidence in the Buhari’s ability to tackle corruption and insecurity in Nigeria, pledging the support of the American government to Buhari.
He described Nigeria as an important country in the continent of Africa.
He said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome President Buhari and his delegation here in the White House for his first visit since the historic election that took place.
Nigeria is obviously one of the most important countries in the World, one of the most important countries in the African continent. Recently we saw an election in which a peaceful transition to a new government took place. Nevertheless, the people of Nigeria understand that only through a peaceful political process that can change takes place.
“President Buhari came into office with reputation for integrity and a very clear agenda, that is to make sure that he has been bringing safely security and peace to his country. He is very concerned about the spread and the violence that is taking place there and the atrocities and has a very clear agenda in defeating Boko Haram and extremists.
“I want to emphasized how much I appreciate President Buhari’s work so far. I have seen him put together a team so that we can do everything that we can to help him succeed and help the people of Nigeria succeed”.
Also speaking, President Buhari expressed gratitude to the American Government for assisting Nigeria conduct a credible election in March.
While thanking president Obama for the invitation to visit America, Buhari emphasized that the visit of the Secretary of State before the elections added a boost to the credible of the election.
“And the maintenance of pressure by United States mainly and Europe to make sure that the elections were free, fair and credible made us to be where we are now.
“It would have been almost impossible if the United States did not maintain the pressure on the former Nigerian Government”, he said.
Some Nigerian officials who accompanied president Buhari to the United States included governors of Nasarawa, Borno, Imo, Oyo and Edo States amongst others federal government officials.