US Secretary of State Aborts Nigeria Trip, Returns to Washington

Four days into official visit, Tillerson falls sick in Kenya, cancels engagements

Since taking office a year ago, three of USA top officials - President Trump, Vice President Pence and Secretary Tillerson - have visited all regions- except Africa.

His meeting with the president was announced by Buhari's Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad on Twitter.

The government shut down three television channels in January on the day opposition leader Raila Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath, then defied a court order to switch them back on.

On his part, Mr Tillerson reaffirmed the support of the US for Nigeria to ensure the speedy recovery of the abducted girls.

During talks with President Kenyatta at State House on Friday, the envoy said the USA is interested in widening its investment in Kenya as well as strengthening the bilateral and trade relations.

Mr Tillerson said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, stressing: "You have our support in your challenges".

The May summit would be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Tillerson was speaking in the capital N'Djamena, said a report on Chad's progress toward strengthening controls on passports and improving information sharing was being prepared in Washington. He says he believes those steps will "allow us to begin to normalize the travel relationship with Chad".

"So, the United States is ready to engage and coordinate efforts as well".

The administration, led by the Department of Homeland Security, argued that terrorist groups are active in and around Chad and the country wasn't doing enough to halt people who may be security threats from entering the United States.

Nonetheless, the trip hasn't been easy for Tillerson. The officials' comments followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May.

"The Secretary is feeling better and will resume his normal schedule tomorrow (Sunday)", Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein told the pool reporters traveling with the secretary.

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