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 journalists will not be allowed to cover the visit.
Only photographers and videographers would be allowed to cover Kerry’s arrival as well as the bilateral meeting between him and his host, President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a media advisory issued yesterday, Buhari would receive Kerry at the State House at 3p.m. today.
Kerry would also meet with some governors from the North-east region.
“The Secretary of State will not grant any press interview after the meeting,” the advisory read.
A statement issued by the US Department of State said Kerry would travel to Sokoto, and Abuja on August 23 and 24.
The statement noted that: “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 the society. He will also meet with northern governors and religious leaders.”