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Boko Haram, al-Shabab tops agenda as US secretary of state visits Africa

Boko Haram, al-Shabab tops agenda as US secretary of state visits Africa

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The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, will be in Africa next week with terrorism high on the agenda. Kerry’s two-nation visit will commence in Kenya on Monday August 22 and end three days later in Nigeria.

A statement from the US department of state disclosed that he would be meeting president Kenyatta of Kenya and Muhammadu Bhuari of Nigeria during his visits where counter terrorism issues are expected to be discussed.

Nigeria continues to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the north of the country whiles Kenya is engaged in East Africa’s concerted fight against Somali based al-Shabab militants.

Kerry’s Nigeria itinerary (August 23 – 24)

Kerry would travel to two states in Nigeria, the administrative capital of Abuja where he will meet with President Buhari to discuss counter terrorism efforts, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption, and human rights issues.

‘‘In Abuja, the Secretary will meet with a group of adolescent girls working to change community perceptions that devalue the role of girls in society,’‘ the statement added.

He will later travel to Sokoto in the north where he will deliver a speech on how resilient communities and religious tolerance can help in the fight against violent extremism. He will also meet with northern governors and religious leaders.

Kerry in Kenya (August 22)

Kerry is expected in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 22 to meet with President Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counter terrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.

He will also meet with Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in East Africa. Among others, prospects for resumption of a political process in South Sudan and support to Somalia’s political transition and ongoing fight against al-Shabaab.

As part of his visit, Kerry is billed to to meet with participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellows programs.