President Muhammadu Buhari met President Barack Obama at the White House earlier on Monday.
The meeting marked an effort to shore up relations between the US and the nation with Africa’s largest economy and to seek additional assistance in the fight against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The group has killed thousands across the country’s north.
According to a report in the Guardian, the Oval Office meeting was also due to cover the economy and corruption in Nigeria. In remarks to reporters beforehand, Obama said Buhari had a clear agenda to defeat Boko Haram and to root out corruption in his country.
White House officials said the fact that Buhari was arriving in Washington so soon after taking office was a sign of the importance the US places on relations with Nigeria.