Reporters Restricted from Covering Kerry’s Visit


Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

Ahead of the visit by the United States of America’s Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, the Presidency has said that reporters would not be allowed to cover it.

Only photographers and videographers will be allowed to establish Kerry’s arrival as well as the bilateral meeting between him and his host, President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a media advisory issued on Monday, Buhari will receive Kerry at the State House at 3pm today (Tuesday).

Kerry will also meet with some governors from the north east.

“The Secretary of State will not grant any press interview after the meeting,” the advisory reads.

‎A statement issued by the US Department of State said Kerry would travel to Sokoto, and Abuja, Nigeria, on August 23-24.

The statement reads: “He will meet with President Buhari to discuss counterterrorism 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.‎”