Nigeriaâ€™s fight against the Boko Haram jihadist group was expected to top the agenda in talks Monday between President Donald Trump and Nigeriaâ€™s Muhammadu Buhari, leader of Africaâ€™s most populous and wealthiest country.
Buhari became the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit Trump when he arrived at the White House at midday. As they opened discussions in the Oval Office, Trump said it was important to meet face-to-face, â€œespecially on terrorism and terrorism-relatedâ€ issues.
â€œWe have a very big trade deal weâ€™re working on for military equipment, helicopters and the like,â€ Trump added. Buhari is seeking support in the battle against Boko Haram extremists, who for nine years have attacked cities and towns in the countryâ€™s northeast, killing more than 20,000 people in a bloody quest to establish an Islamist state.
But Trump said he is also focused on the killings of Christians in Nigeria. â€œWeâ€™ve had serious problems with Christians who have been murdered, killed,â€ Trump said, an apparent reference to the attack on April 24 on a church in central Nigeria, where 18 people, including two priests, were murdered. â€œWeâ€™re going to work on that problem and working on that problem very, very hard,â€ Trump said.
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