United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought his truncated maiden Africa trip to a close on Monday, promising the full backing of his country to Nigeria and Chad, on the frontline of the war on terror.
Tillerson has cut short his first trip to Africa since becoming the top U.S. diplomat in order to return to Washington on Tuesday, a day ahead of schedule, to deal with urgent work.
Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, has changed the plan of spending Monday night in Abuja before flying back to Washington.
Mr. Tillerson had been scheduled to arrive in Abuja today from Nairobi for his first official visit to Nigeria.
But the main problem Chad had was that a partner who contributes to USA counter-terror efforts is essentially being lumped with pariah states such as North Korea and Venezuela on the visa list. He also canceled events in Kenya during the trip due to illness. Tillerson says the visa restrictions were necessary because of "all the conflict that exists on Chad's borders".More news: Engine woes: Aviation watchdog grounds 11 Airbus planes of IndiGo, GoAir
President Buhari welcomed the USA top diplomat in company with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, and his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
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.
Tillerson, making his first trip to Africa as the senior-most U.S. diplomat, has visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya since last Wednesday.
Tillerson is the highest ranking United States official to visit Nigeria since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president in January 2017.
According to him, the U.S. government will also offer special training for security personnel to enable them engage in special operations towards the rescue the girls as well as the remaining Chibok schoolgirls in captivity.