Security and corruption are top on the agenda of the one-day visit of United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to Nigeria.
Dressed in a black pants and a red top, Hillary Clinton arrived State House, Abuja accompanied by Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gbenga Ashiru.
Hillary Clintonarrived under tight security at 3.50p.m in a car marked 140 CMD.
Hillary Clintonwas immediately ushered into President Goodluck Jonathan’s office for a private 15-minute meeting.
Thereafter, she moved to an expanded 50-minute meeting with the National Security Council, comprising Jonathan (chairman), Vice-President Namadi Sambo (deputy chairman); Chief of Defence Staff; Minister of Interior; Minister of Defence; Minister of Foreign Affairs; National Security Adviser; Inspector-General of Police; and Director-General of the State Security Service.
The meeting, which was on at the time of this post, was expected to discuss the rising security threats in Nigeria; the controversy over calls on Washington to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group as well as Abuja’s reluctance to endorse the appeals; piracy in the Gulf of Guinea; and cooperation between Nigeria and the U.S on security.
According to her itinerary, she will depart the State House at 4.50p.m for a 10-minute drive to the residence of the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Terrence McCulley.
From 5.05p.m-5.50p.m, she will hold a meeting with Nigerian anti-corruption activists at the ambassador’s residence and depart for the U.S Embassy for a 25-minute meeting with diplomatic staff.
At 6.30p.m she will leave for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja where she might brief journalists.
Clinton will depart Abuja for Accra at 7.25p.m where she will meet with President John Mahama.
She will spend the night in Accra and attend the funeral of late Ghana President John Atta Mills on Friday.
More details later.