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Will President Obama Send White House Officials to Attend Muhammadu Buhari’s Induction Ceremony ?

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Will President Obama Send White House Officials to Attend Muhammadu Buhari’s Induction Ceremony ?

Michelle+Obama+President+Obama+Holds+Election+78nyLoOnZfklU.S. President Barack Obama will not attend Nigeria’s presidential inauguration on May 29, but other senior White House officials including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry could be chosen to attend Muhammadu Buhari’s induction ceremony, according to media reports.

Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States, Ade Adefuye, confirmed with local media that outgoing Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, had extended an invitation to the U.S. government for Buhari’s inauguration, and a senior official is expected to lead the American delegation.

“I have been told that there would be an unusually large American delegation that will attend the presidential inauguration on May 29,” Adefuye told Premium Times newspaper in Abuja. “Nigeria’s profile has been on the rise since after the election, with the concession by Jonathan and the smooth transition that is going on.”

The Obama administration showed particular interest in the success of Nigeria’s elections, and senior U.S. officials had denounced potential election-related violence, which marred Nigerian polls in the past. Obama himself urged Nigerian voters to insist on credible elections. Immediately after the general elections, he congratulated the West African nation on “the strength of Nigeria’s commitment to democratic principles.”

“While far from perfect, the March 28 elections were the best since Nigeria’s restoration of civilian government in 1999,” John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “Now, in the aftermath of the March 28 elections, it would be appropriate for the president to visit Nigeria, perhaps in conjunction with his July visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi.”

The U.S. president often sends a delegation to the presidential inaugurations of friendly nations, but the group is usually led by the American ambassador in that country. Senior government officials are sometimes chosen to lead the delegation to illustrate a special emphasis on the relationship between the two nations.

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