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Christians in Nigeria hope President's meeting with Trump will address religious persecution

As Nigeria's President prepares to be the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to be received by US President Donald Trump, Nigerian believers are hoping their meeting will address the number of Christians being killed in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari and US President Donald Trump will meet on Monday in Washington.

Jonathan Lyamgohn, a Christian and general manager of Urban 96 and Soundcity Radio in Nigeria told Premier that security is an issue that he expected both leaders to discuss.

 

"People in Nigeria are saying he needs to overhaul the security in the country. The results haven't been inspiring so people say, 'why keep a team that isn't delivering results'?"

The nine-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram jihadists in the north-east, and mounting insecurity linked to militant Fulani herdsmen in the centre of the country have caused Nigerians to question if the president is doing enough to protect citizens.

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Last week, following the recent murders of two Catholic priests and 15 other worshippers in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Nigeria's Catholic Bishops Conference urged Mr Buhari to resign due to his "failure" to protect Nigerians.

Lyamgohn told Premier that the President is losing his support amongst the people.

 

"With what is [happening] on the ground, there is a lot of people that moved away from being fanatical supporters of the president but there are still people that believe the president is doing his best given the circumstances - a lot of things are tough to get done in the country.

"There are a lot more challenges in the economy right now than there were a couple of years ago when he came into power."

The meeting on Monday will mark the second time Buhari has sat down with a US president in the three years he has been in power - the first being with Barack Obama in 2015.

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