Amidst several rumours about the United States Secretary of State, Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s, exemption of Nigeria from her trip around Africa, information emerging from the presidency has cleared the air on the matter. According to the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Mrs. Hillary Clinton will be paying a visit to Nigeria on Thursday, 9th August, 2012.
Dr Abati urged Nigerians to disregard the rumour that Mrs. Clinton had excluded Nigeria from the list of African countries she was billed to visit. He said the American Secretary of State is expected to meet President Jonathan on how to elevate the status of US relations with Nigeria.
The president’s spokesperson further disclosed that he had already received a request from the American Embassy seeking for accreditation of the members of her entourage. According to him, “the reports in the media in the last few days that Clinton will not visit Nigeria because Jonathan travelled to Trinidad and Tobago as well as Jamaica are not true… These stories about Clinton not visiting Nigeria are not true; she is visiting the country on August 9 and will meet with the President.”
The American Secretary of State is currently on a 10-day working visit to Africa, and it is expected that her stop in Nigeria is particularly linked with the security challenges which the country is currently facing.