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Kerry Leads US Delegation To Nigeria For Buhari

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 19, (THEWILL) – United States Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry will lead the US delegation to the inauguration of Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja next week, the White House said Tuesday.

Buhari will be sworn in on May 29 after defeating outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan in the first Nigerian election that saw the opposition candidate defeat an incumbent.

The White House said other members of the delegation would be named subsequently.

A large number of African and Western leaders are expected to attend the ceremony.

Kerry visited Nigeria in January in the run-up to the vote and issued a clear warning that the strength of future US cooperation would be tied to the success of the polls.