United States Secretary of State and former First Lady, Hillary Clinton is set for a visit to Nigeria in August. According to sources, a letter from the US State Department notifying the Nigerian government of Hillary’s visit has been received at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The US ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Rene’e Sanders and Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs minister, Ojo Maduekwe met yesterday in Abuja to kick off arrangement for the visit.
Hillary is expected to hold discussion with President Umaru Yar’Adua on a number of issues affecting both countries including but not limited to, the Niger Delta crisis which is very key to the US due to the energy needs of the US from that region of Nigeria.
US’s crude oil import from Nigeria is on the upswing with Nigeria recording a 16.2 per cent rise in its crude export to the U.S. last year.
“The US government is keen about a speedy resolution of the Niger Delta crisis because Nigeria is a key source of crude oil for the US. This is why it is top of the agenda,” a foreign ministry source mentioned recently.
A couple of other issues likely to dominate discussion during Hillary’s meeting with Yar’Adua are corruption and electoral reforms in the country.