President Goodluck Jonathan is due to meet with President Barak Obama in the United States on the 23rd of September, where he will become the first Nigerian leader to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The meeting between the presidents is to calm nerves in the wake of Obama’s snub of Nigeria during his recent trip to Africa.
The invitation for the meeting came last month when a top US Government official, Ms. Wendy Sherman, leading the American delegation to a US-Nigeria Bi-National Commission in Abuja, had presented to Jonathan a letter from his American counterpart, reviewing the diplomatic relationship between both countries and inviting the former to a meeting in New York.
President Jonathan will be accompanied by a range of Nigerian ministers led by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The ministerial delegation includes Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment, Segun Aganga; Minister for Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; Ag. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri; and Director-General, Nigeria Stock Exchange, Arunma Oteh.