Africa Visit: Obama To Focus On Variety Of Issues

President Barack Obama
By SaharaReporters, New York

President Obama will use his trip to South African to engage Nigerian youths about the security challenges facing Nigeria and the fundamental importance of Nigeria Africa, the United States has said.

Speaking at a media call on Mr. Obama’s trip to Africa next week, Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication, indicated that despite the fact that the president will not set foot on Nigeria soil, it would engage in bilateral talks with the country.

From June 26 to July 3, President Obama will visit three African countries: Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.  He will be accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia.

The White House said that the trip was the United States engagement with Africa as they considered it an important region in the world.  According to Mr. Rhodes, the trip would reaffirm the US’s commitment to peace, security, development, and prosperity across the continent, tapping into trade and development, economic opportunities, as well as investing in youths who are considered to be the key pillars of the development agenda.

During his first stop, in Senegal, Mr. Obama will address the Supreme Court on the rule of law in the region. He will also visit Goree Island and the House of Slaves where he will speak to civil society groups.

In South Africa, President Obama is expected to travel to Pretoria and Johannesburg, and discuss security issues regarding South Sudan. He will meet with the AU chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, before hosting a town hall meeting in Soweto with the Young African Initiative (YAL).

He will also travel to Robben Island and then to a community center where he will discuss the challenges of HIV and other health issues with Bishop Desmond Tutu.  During a visit to the University of Cape Town, he is expected to lay out his vision for the world.  

Asked if President Obama will visit ailing Nelson Mandela, Mr. Rhodes said President Obama, will be “deferential” on what would be in the best interest of the former South African President and his family. He added that his thoughts and prayers are with Mandela.

In Tanzania, President Obama will hold bilateral talks with President Jikaya Kikwete and participate in a roundtable business leadership forum on what the US can do to increase trade and improve economic growth. He is also expected to visit the site of the embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam before he leaves the country.

At the briefing, it was revealed that President Obama has no plans to meet up with his grandmother, Sarah Obama because the two met in Berlin, Germany during his recent European tour.

A reporter asked why the president does many frequent African trips since it was a place for economic growth Ben’s response was that the trip was sending a signal of the U.S integration by bringing along an economic team of experts and bringing in young people to help send that message of US interest in African youth and economic growth.

On why there is an increasing military presence in Africa that involves the use of drones, a member of the panel answered that the African Command of the US military “AFRICOM”  is building African capacity, helping in the effort to capture Joseph Kony, supporting Uganda against the Lords Resistance Army and supporting Mali in its conflict with the rebels there.

Numerous media houses, including SaharaReporters, joined the media call.
 

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This issue should be solved right now

The recent Ed Snowden scandal is really fascinating. It obviously demonstrates the remarkable difficulties our country has with personal privacy.However it is not merely our government. Even average individuals are now snooping on one another. Without knowing anything at all about you; my grandma,Marsha,your nextdoor neighbor,Sammy can use internet tools like this one and learn your employment history, criminal record, and address. And much like the NSA - it is 100% legal.Dishonest but still legal.

Good riddance to espionage rubbish

The title should have been, 'Africa visit: Obama coming to spy'.

...Idiots. Asking why continent Nigeria is left out. What benefit is derivable from having the US President visit a country? War mongers, economic slavemasters. Nonsense. If u want to experience REAL economic growth & 'independence', run very far from US. Period.

Believe in yourself

I think it is time to start believing in ourselves and in what we do, we need to have focus. if Obama refuse to visit Nigeria, of what benefit is his visit? Since we have chosen not to promote gay or same sex marriage, some of these evil people are not happy. We better like it that way!

SAFE JOURNEY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ENTOURAGE

AFRICA MUST BE HAPPY TO HAVE HER SON VISIT HER DURING HIS PRESIDENCY. AFRICA WISHES HER SON AND HIS CO TRAVELERS JOURNEY SAFETY.

AFRICA MUST NOT BE TOO NAIVE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS A UNIVERSAL SON AND THAT HE IS PRESIDENT IN A WHITE SYSTEM STILL. AMERICA ITSELF IS STILL DE FACTO BRITISH COLONY. SO, WE MUST BE HAPPY THAT HE IS COMING TO VISIT US, AND WE MUST BE PREPARED TO PRESENT OUR ISSUES VISIBLE ENOUGH FOR HIM TO SUPPORT US NARRATE IT TO UNIVERSAL UNDERSTANDING IN THE WHITEMAN LANGUAGE.

THE MAN IS A PRESIDENT AND NOT THE POPE AND OR ENGLISH QUEEN. SO, PLEASE DO NOT KILL THE MESSENGER, BUT THE MESSAGE AND ITS INSTIGATORS.

NIGERIA CAN NOT ESCAPE HER DUE VISIT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA BEFORE 2014. THE SECURITY AGENTS AND JONATHAN CAN TRY TO THWART AS THEY LIKE, BUT THEY CAN NOT SURPASS THE PEOPLE HOW MUCH LESS THE ALMIGHTY WHOSE PURPOSES AND PLANS NONE CAN UNDERMINE.

PRAISES TO THE ALMIGHTY IN ITS BEAUTIFUL WAYS ALWAYS.

Corrupt country!!

The level of corruption in the phony Nigeria is appalling yet it's celebrated by the people like a culture. So why would you people expect a pragmatic Obama visit Nigeria to paddle with criminals.

How many Nigerian youths

How many Nigerian youths reside in South Africa? Is it those men that went there in search of greener pasteur or who? We as Nigerians should know that its high time we come together and say no to all these negative vices plaguing our Nigeria in Nigeria instead of going to South Africa or other African countries to talk as its the spoilers and sponsors of evil that will be selected to meet with the outside world so that their evil deeds will not be revealed.

Who cares

I am not even interested in his visit. His coming will even add to our huge problems here . His speeche might stir up chaos , it's better he never touch on soil till he leave Oval Office . Chuuuuu

SECURITY CHALLENGES

President Obama will use his trip to South African to engage Nigerian youths about the security challenges facing Nigeria and the fundamental importance of Nigeria Africa, the United States has said.

Oh!!! My Niaja

Plz somebody tell me why is Nigeria left out. GEJ and gang search your souls.

Am I missing something?

"A reporter asked why the president does many frequent African trips since it was a place for economic growth Ben’s ...". How many times have Mr. Obama visited Africa since he came to office?

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America NEVER wants Africa to succeed

What has America ever done for Africa? Look at poverty all over the place. Yet, Nigeria's billionaires keep their billions in American banks' vaults, far away from the prying eyes of the poor Nigerian people. They are everywhere in Africa, yet their impact is hardly felt by the ordinary people.

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