Very rarely do American Presidents attend the swearing in of their peers. Protocol usually demands that the Secretary of State attend as the Official Representative of the United States. There have been times where Members of the United States Congress have attended these ceremonies as well. However we do see the Chief Executive of the US at State Funerals.
The reaction of the Nigerians is very similar to the reactions of the Kenyans Regarding President Obama's Most recent trip to Africa. There was great hope and excitement in Kenya over that trip about the possibility of a Official Presidential Visit to Kenya. Sadly that didn't occur. The Kenyans were so upset that they replaced their Ambassador in Washington. However as a sort of consolation prize it was announced that the Power Africa Initiative of President Obama will be run from Nairobi. Kenya is also a recipient of assistance under this program.
It is clear that the Boko Haram issue has driven some wedge between Washington and Abuja. The Administration vetoed two proposed Helicopter deals between the Nigerians and Israel. This in turn has forced the Country to seek assistance again from Russia, The Congress has actually asked the State Department if a Waiver of the Leahy Law Restrictions would actually assist the Nigerian Military in this Operation. Will a new page of US-Nigerian Relations be written soon?
Although the Maghreb is not usually covered by Confused Eagle how about the designation of Tunisia as a Major Non-NATO ally by the administration? That will open up some dollars for some badly needed Aid to the Country. Now to increase the security situation so that both Tourists and Investors can actually return to the Country.
Today is Election Day in Ethiopia. No Western Observers in the Country to observe the polls. Anyone care to guess the results?
The UN is warning that the fighting in Yemen could open a conduit for Foreign Fighters and Jihadists to enter Somalia. Wow the Editor of Confused Eagle warned about this in a LinkedIn note back in Feburary.