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Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington today to meet with President Obama:‎
 
“President Buhari’s visit to the U.S. is an opportunity to strengthen one of our most important bilateral relationships in Africa. The recent peaceful democratic transition of power after the March elections shows the progress Nigeria has made despite some serious security challenges.
 
“As President Obama meets with President Buhari, it’s important that the U.S. and Nigeria keep working closely together to defeat Boko Haram. This Islamic terrorist group, which has pledged allegiance to ISIL, continues to murder and kidnap innocents in Nigeria and neighboring countries.
 
“It has been over a year since the 300-plus schoolgirls were kidnapped from Chibok, and the U.S. needs to help Nigeria ensure that every one of those girls is returned to their families. The U.S. has already pledged assistance to the multinational effort to fight Boko Haram, but President Obama should reiterate the U.S.’s dedication to this effort.
 
“Additionally, Presidents Obama and Buhari should continue working to strengthen economic ties between our two nations. The U.S. is the largest foreign investor in Nigeria, which is the largest economy in Africa. This visit also gives us an opportunity to highlight the successes in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Nigeria, which is PEPFAR’s largest country program in the world today.”