The Secretary of State from the United States, John Kerry, departed Nigeria today following his two-day stay. Nigeria was the second country on his international tour following a brief stay in Kenya. Mr. Kerry is now traveling to Saudi Arabia where he will meet with his international counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council.

During a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, Mr. Kerry discussed Nigeria’s ongoing anti-corruption efforts as well as regional and religious violence in the north and south.

Mr. Kerry also met with university students in Abuja during a meeting today as well as the Director of the Center for Democracy and Development Idayat Hassan and representatives from BudgIT Nigeria. During his remarks Mr. Kerry stressed the need to bring greater educational opportunities to women in Nigeria.

During his trip Mr. Kerry met with the Sultan of Sokoto where he emphasized the importance of greater religious tolerance among Nigerian citizens.

John Kerry with President Muhammadu Buhari

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