The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari paid a courtesy visit to the world power (US) to discuss with President Barack Obama, issues affecting the country with the growing insurgency in the North-East expected to be a priority.
Here, according to a Professor of Economics at Allegheny College, Stephen Onyeiwu, are three striking similarities between the dawning of the government of both Presidents below:
– Like Buhari, Obama not only met an empty treasury but was also saddled with a whopping debt burden of about US$10 trillion – or 72% of GDP.
– Both presidents also inherited expensive and drawn-out wars which they pledged to end. Ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was a major mantra in Obama’s election campaigns in 2008. In Buhari’s campaign a major platform was the promise to end the scourge of Boko Haram.
– Just as Nigerians clamoured for change during the last elections, Americans desperately wanted change in 2008.
Here are also photos from the highly publicized meeting below: