Obama’s Mistake While Speaking to Buhari About Nigeria

Mr. Buhari and Mr. Obama at a Meeting in Washington
Mr. Buhari and Mr. Obama at a Meeting in Washington

The Mistake Obama Made While Speaking About Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States of America (USA) has been very prominent in the news recently.

The visit of Buhari is expected to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S.A and Nigeria in many aspects of both countries’ economic agenda.

Buhari’s visit is also an opportunity for Nigeria to seek a firm and committed support of the United States in helping Nigeria curb the excesses of the Boko Haram terrorist group causing havoc in the country.

The buzz that surrounded Buhari’s visit has overshadowed a major goof the U.S president committed while speaking to his counterpart.


Obama had described Nigeria as a country in the eastern part of Africa instead of West Africa while discussing with Buhari.

According to Washington Post, Obama who was speaking to reporters before the meeting commenced said, ”the U.S. hoped to partner with Nigeria so that Nigeria ends up being not only an anchor of prosperity and stability in the eastern part of the continent, but can also be an outstanding role model for developing countries around the world.”

Buhari was accompanied by Professor Adebowale Adefuye, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, and a few members of his delegation from Nigeria to the meeting.

Meanwhile, the U.S vice president, Joe Biden, has advised Buhari to confront the Boko Haram insurgency by combining the military option with strong socio-economic support programmes and security conditions.

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