Presidency Bars Journalists From Covering John Kerry’s Visit


Access granted to Journalists covering activities of President Muhammadu at the State House, Abuja would be temporary barred during the visit of the United States Secretary of States, John Kerry, Today.

According to information from the Presidency, only photographers and videographers would be allowed to cover Kerry’s arrival as well as the bilateral meeting between him and his host, President Muhammadu Buhari.

A media advisory was said to have issued yesterday that President Buhari would receive Kerry at the State House at 3p.m. today.


Kerry would also meet with some governors from the North-east region.

“The Secretary of State will not grant any press interview after the meeting,” the advisory read.
A statement issued by the US Department of State said Kerry would travel to Sokoto, and Abuja on August 23 and 24.

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The statement reads:

“He will meet with President Buhari to discuss counterterrorism efforts, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption and human rights issues. In Sokoto, he will deliver a speech on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism. In Abuja, the Secretary will meet with a group of adolescent girls working to change community perceptions that devalue the role of girls in the society. He will also meet with northern governors and religious leaders.”

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