President Barack Obama is to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari this week on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Germany. The summit takes place at Schloss Elmau, a national forest in the Bavarian Alps. Obama is billed to spend today and tomorrow with Buhari and the leaders of Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom as well as leaders from Iraq and Tunisia. Nigeria, Tunisia and Iraq are attending a portion of the meetings dedicated to outreach partners, which will focus majorly on terrorism. Buhari is departing Abuja today for the summit. Obama and Buhari are expected to discuss the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast. The meeting is a follow up to that between Buhari and the US Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry shortly after the inauguration of the Nigerian President penultimate Friday.Also, officials in Washington D.C. have disclosed that the USA will be sending a team to Abuja soon to assist in the war against Boko Haram. In a related development, The Washington Post reported on Saturday that while the US is eager to defeat Boko Haram it is being cautious of offering a large increase in military assistance to Nigeria before the armed forces are restructured. The paper quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying: “I think we might be seeing the end of the large battlefield phase of this, but if Boko Haram goes back to hit-and-run tactics, it could be even harder for Nigerian military forces.” The paper also said the United States is trying to navigate ways to support Buhari, without violating American legislation that prevents it from giving aid to human rights abusers.
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