Sunday, 29 April 2018

In Washington, Buhari Needs To Speak For All Of Africa

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari should demand from the Trump administration a clear policy on Africa.

As Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to meet his US counterpart in the White House on Monday, analysts are wondering whether this engagement could mark the belated beginning of the Trump administration's Africa policy.

Most observers did not expect US President Donald Trump, who was elected on a promise to always put "America First", to immediately focus his efforts on Africa after taking office. Yet they also did not expect him to completely disregard an aggregate mass of 55 nations that make up over a quarter of the globe's sovereign political entities.

Unfortunately, this has largely been the case so far.
In Washington, Buhari Needs To Speak For All Of Africa
It took the Trump administration seven months to attempt filling the position of assistant secretary of state for African affairs, with the current occupant being given only an acting role and a one-year term.

Also, the US president himself did not try much to engage with Africa. The only direct engagement Trump has had with leaders from sub-Saharan Africa was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January this year. He met up with some leaders on the sidelines of the summit, and he also had a one-on-one meeting with his Rwandan counterpart, the then-incoming president of the African Union, Paul Kagame ...

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