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Obamas to visit Ghana not Nigeria ! First Visit to Africa as president

By the White House
Statement by the Press Secretary on Upcoming Travel by the President. The President is scheduled to travel to Moscow, Russia, July 6 to 8 at the invitation of President Medvedev.

The summit meeting will provide an opportunity for the United States and the Russian Federation to deepen engagement on reducing nuclear weapons, cooperating on non-proliferation, exploring ways to cooperate on missile defense, addressing mutual threats and security challenges, and expanding the ties between American and Russian society and business.

The President will then attend the G-8 Summit in L’Aquila,Italy, from July 8 to 10. The Summit and related meetings with world leaders from emerging and African economies will provide an opportunity for the United States to engage with its partners on a broad range of issues. The President will also chair a meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate while at L’Aquila.

The President and Mrs. Obama will visit Accra, Ghana, from July 10 to 11. While in Ghana, the President will discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues with Ghanaian President Mills. The President and Mrs. Obama look forward to strengthening the U.S. relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and to highlighting the critical role that sound governance and civil society play in promoting lasting development.

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Comment by Kelechi Priestley Chinyere on May 22, 2009 at 5:51pm
well, expecting while he is not going to to Nigeria is just an imagination for me. But Ghana being the first african country to visit is also a more reason we should embrace the fact that his coming will add value to whole african.
Comment by Jizzel on May 20, 2009 at 10:13am
Sure we were not expecting him in Nigeria.A visit to Nigeria will send wrong signals all over the world,it will appear like an endorsement of our "electoral reforms"(remember Ekiti re-run elections),our anti-curruption(remember the number of ex-governors on trial gallivanting arround and in fact living large and manipulating the system),or the present handling of the Niger-Delta crises(the bombings,Eso Panel Report,Oil bunkering by rtd Generals/powerful individuals).Please just pick up a Daily in Nigeria,what you will see is:"NCC Executive Vice Chair quizzed by EFCC","Kenny Martins docked for $97million","Elumelu,Senator Ugbane and 7 others remanded in prison custody",EFCC director of ops investigated","3 ex heads of state fingered in Haliburton scam","Court restrains EFCC from investigating or arresting Odili".Man,it sure is inspiring.We have to clean up our act before we can expect such high profile visits.
Comment by Andokie on May 19, 2009 at 6:56pm
9jarias change for the better and Obama will visit...
Comment by durojaiye shodunke on May 19, 2009 at 3:18pm
i continue to imagine why will people say that president obama is visiting Ghana and why not aslo visit nigeria since Ghana to nigeria is just less than 50mins on air.let us all tell ourselves the truth,has any leader ever rule this country with having and knowing you are his brother's keeper,all they first think of is to loot the country and cry foul after leaving office,their usal solang go by saying...........nothing is working in this country.what a shame...''gaint of africa"..all you read and hear on print media is EFCC quiss Iwu,National Assemble members,NCC v.chairman,and so on...and you want obama to come to nigeria,make yaradua come shake na with coruption,my broda God forbid bad thing.join me say amen......amen.......ammeeen.the good news today is that the system put in place in Ghana as for today is working for them.no magic good people of nigeria.let still continue to pray for the betterness of our great conutry nigeria.let us all still remba our national pledge.may God help us all.
Comment by Jameel on May 19, 2009 at 1:46pm
He goes to Ghana because of the purity of their government and not 9jeria where political seats are attained by all means. 9jerian leaders are corrupt!!!
Comment by kay on May 19, 2009 at 1:35pm
this just goes to confirm that our 'giant of africa' posture is an ILLUSION and nothing more!
Comment by sunny ossai on May 18, 2009 at 4:27pm
our leaders have failed us.see then on a daily basis looting the national treasure.what a shame to democracy.seven point agenda my foot,not even one have been achieved.how can obama visit nigeria,when we are not prepared.
Comment by Sane Nigerian on May 18, 2009 at 1:59pm
americans hate power failure. methinks that is why obama chose to go to ghana.
Comment by Adeniyi "Oba.Akobi" Olusola on May 18, 2009 at 12:09pm
Umm!!! I agree wif u guys but,there's hope for 9ja,after all God dey,obama or no obama,its not d visit dat matters,its the reason n result dat matters, I'll watch out for wot happens.
But our leaders,our leaders...
Comment by tosin love on May 18, 2009 at 11:55am
why will he come to nigeria.do u want obama to crash too
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