President Goodluck Jonathan left Abuja early on Sunday to the United States of America at the invitation of President Barack Obama to participate in a three-day United States-African Leaders Summit.
He will join President Obama and 50 other participating African leaders for discussions that are expected to lead to greater progress in key areas such as; expanding trade and investment ties, promoting inclusive sustainable development and expanding cooperation on peace and security.
President Jonathan is also scheduled to hold meetings in Washington with key United States political, security and business leaders on the sidelines of the summit to discuss the further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and the U.S in other areas including war against terrorism.
A statement signed by the Presidential Spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati said that in addition to the three special sessions on "Investing in Africa's Future, Peace and Regional Stability and Governing the Next Generation”,the summit would also feature side-events such as the United States-Africa Business Forum which has the objectives of boosting efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the U.S and Africa.
The meeting is to also create partnerships that will accelerate job creation, and encourage even more American investments in Nigeria and other African countries.
The Nigerian President is accompanied to the summit by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, that of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo and the National Security Adviser, Retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.
He is expected to return home at the conclusion of the summit on Wednesday.