U. S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has indicated that he would only be spending few hours in Nigeria before returning to Washington DC, the development of which was said to had occurred after the US envoy changed his schedule so that he will spend less time Nigeria before departing late Monday evening for his country.
However, the envoy communicated the change of plan through his spokesman, disclosed that he had cut short his first trip to Africa to return to Washington about one day ahead of schedule to deal with urgent work to do back at home country.
“Tillerson’s travel plans have changed so that he can return to Washington early on Tuesday morning instead of late that night.
It was hinted that the secretary departed Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Monday morning and he was expected to visit Chad and Nigeria, the two nations struggling to contain Boko Haram , on Monday afternoon and evening.
As learnt, Tillerson was billed to spend Monday night in the Nigerian capital before flying back to Washington.
Meanwhile, during his visit to Nairobi, Tillerson, 65, canceled his scheduled due to unwell sign he developed.
Tillerson’s week-long, five-country visit to Africa came amid other urgent foreign policy developments, including Thursday’s announcement that U.S. President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
It was reported that Tillerson’s visit to the Horn of Africa just days after he announced a new $533m aid package for Africa out of which 128 million dollars was earmarked for Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad region.
When Tillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria’s North-East and the Lake Chad basin.
He is also expected to discuss how to advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment with the President
During his trip, he is expected also to meet with the U.S. Embassy personnel and participate in events related to U.S. government-supported activities.