The United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, on official visit to Nigeria, will today President make a strange visit to Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Photo journalists and video cameramen will be allowed to establish the arrival at 2.55pm but strangely reporters will not be allowed access to the venue.
Immediately after the arrival ceremonies, Buhari and Kerry will proceed to the President’s office where they will hold a bilateral meeting. The fight against Boko Haram and other issues will be discussed.
Strangely, only the official photographers and video cameramen of the two leaders will be allowed to establish the bilateral meeting. Strangely, Kerry will not grant press interview at the end of the meeting.
Later, the Secretary of State will meet some select governors from the North at the State House Press Waiting Room. “Because of the small size of the room”, only seven journalists that will include photo journalists and cameramen will be allowed to establish. Again, strangely, Kerry will also not grant interview at the end of the meeting.
For the duration of the visit, reporters will be restricted to the Briefing Room of the Council Chambers which serves as their operational base.
A statement issued by the Information Office of the Embassy of the US on Friday in Abuja, however said Kerry would discuss the US cooperation with Nigeria over Boko Haram, economic and human rights issues during his visit.
The statement said, “Kerry will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss counter-terrorism 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.”