Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hope Rises On Nigeria’s Potential After Jonathan’s White House, UN Trips

12 June 2011

.A  GROUNDSWELL of global goodwill and rising acclaim for Nigeria and its re-elected President Goodluck Jonathan was on display last week at the United Nations, New York and Washington DC, as world leaders expressed the hope that Nigeria would actualise its potentials.

For instance, former US President Bill Clinton said, in New York, that Jonathan may turn out to be the leader that would bring Nigeria to its “full potential,” just as there are now active talks of a President Obama visit to Nigeria before the end of his first term in office.

After meeting with the US President late Wednesday, diplomatic sources in Washington DC disclosed that the issue of a visit to Abuja by the US President is now merely a question of timing.

Although the idea of an Obama visit to Nigeria has been discussed in recent times, diplomats say, the outcome of the April elections has made the visit imperative and could be accomplished later in the year or the beginning of next year.        

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