President Donald Trump is urging Nigeria to take down trade barriers to allow additional US investment in the African nation.
Nigeria was also among the African nations that summoned the US ambassador to explain Trump's comments comparing Africa to a filthy toilet.
President Donald Trump has welcomed the first African leader to visit the White House during his presidency, Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari (moo-HAH'-mah-doo boo-HAH'-ree).
He said: "Even when the minister of information and culture wanted to reply that abusive letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, I had wanted Lai not to reply the letter but I said I should allow him to highlight the achievements of our administration".More news: Marvel's Trailer for 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'
"It is an awesome country", Mr. Trump said when asked whether he had plans to visit Nigeria during Monday's briefing. "And you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in". It is also important that we further remind the USA presidency the enormity of the brutality and cold blooded massacre of innocent citizens merely exercising their right to freedom of assembly on that fateful day of January 20, 2017.
He added that Buhari met with six Chief Executive Officers of US agriculture companies and with a group of 10 USA business leaders from different sectors, including petroleum.
Rebuking his Nigerian counterpart for the proliferation of violence throughout that country, Trump expressed concern for "the burning of churches and killing of Christians".
He added that the greatest mistake made by Nigerians was the emergence of Buhari as president in 2015.More news: Morning Spellbinding Stocks: McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD), Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UAA)
"We will be investing substantially in Nigeria if they can create that level playing field that we have to, very much, ask for and maybe demand", Trump said.
"I urge you to increase your membership drive and commence extensive advocacy, such that would further drum the numerous socioeconomic and political atrocities of APC and President Buhari, to the ears of world leaders and worldwide organisations around the world".
The extremist group Boko Haram launched a violent insurgency in northeast Nigeria nine years ago with the goal of creating an Islamic state.
Buhari did not directly respond to Trump's call for the removal of trade barriers. Tens of thousands of people have been killed while mass abductions of schoolgirls brought the group global notoriety.More news: Cigarette liquid packaged like candy leads to FTC, FDA warnings
"On security, the US has been helping Nigeria, supplying military equipment in the fight against terrorism and there is agreement to continue the cooperation between the two countries in this context".