By Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”ACTING President Goodluck Jonathan arrived for a four-day official working visit in the United States of America, yesterday.
During the visit he is expected to participate in the international nuclear security summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama.
Reports said Jonathan arrived the Andrews Airforce Base, Virginia, at 9.30a.m. local time, about 3.30 p.m. Nigerian time, and was received by US Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders, her Nigerian counterpart, Ade Adefuye, and other ranking Nigerian and US officials.
The Andrews Airforce Base is exclusively reserved for use by select foreign leaders and special dignitaries of the American Government.
Jonathan who was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister, Odein Ajumogobia and former Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, on arrival and proceeded to Westin Grand Hotel, Washington DC, where he was received by Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Ikedi Ohakim of Imo, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and Aliyu Shinkafi of Zamfara. Others were Joy Ogwu, Nigeriaâ€™s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, UN, and other top diplomats at both the Washington DC mission and the UN office.
Jonathan was expected to meet US President Barack Obama at 5.30pm, about 11.30 p.m Nigerian time, last night and to have lunch with US Vice President Joe Biden today.
After lunch with Biden, the Acting President is expected to meet with the World Bank President, at the World Bank Building, in Washington DC, and later in the evening join other visiting heads of government and delegations for a working dinner with President Barack Obama.
Also, Hilary Clinton, the US Secretary of State and Secretary of State in charge of energy, Steven Chu, will host the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Odein Ajumogobia, and Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources, respectively.
On Tuesday, Jonathan is expected to join other world leaders for the first plenary session on the Nuclear Security Summit to be chaired by President Obama before proceeding to a working lunch with the US president. He will, thereafter, participate in the second plenary, which will mark the end of the nuclear summit.
The Acting President will begin his schedule for Wednesday with a breakfast meeting with officials of the Centre for Global Development in Washington DC. The Governors of Imo, Edo, Rivers and Zamfara along with the Ministers Foreign Affairs, Petroleum and Finance Ministers are expected to be in attendance.
Another high point of the Acting Presidentâ€™s visit will be his meeting with Nigerian community in the US. Later in the afternoon, Acting President Jonathan will participate at a luncheon with the Coordinator, Corporate Council on Africa and thereafter meet with the President of ExxonMobil Oil Company.