Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bush Arms Nigeria’s AIDS Fight

December 14, 2007

In an Oval Office meeting with Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua, President George W. Bush offered to double the United States’ commitment to help Nigeria fight HIV/AIDS and malaria, AFP News reports (news.yahoo.com, 12/13).

The article quotes Bush as having told Yar’Adua that “we believe it’s in our interests to help you if you so desire.” Bush added, “It’s in our interests from a security perspective; it’s in our interests from a moral perspective.”

AFP also notes that the United States is Nigeria’s chief trading partner and that Nigeria is the fifth largest exporter of petroleum to the US.