After the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Rex Tillerson has been fired as the U.S. Secretary of State.
President Donald Trump fired Mr Tillerson on Tuesday. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” the US President announced on Twitter.
“Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all.”
Mr Tillerson was in Nigeria as part of his first official visit to Africa. During the visit, he spoke about the US assistance to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and the possibility of Nigeria securing loans from the US.
Reports from the US media say, Mr Tillerson and President Trump, have had a bumpy relationship leading to the American President agreeing to meet with North Korean leader without the knowledge of his administration’s chief diplomat.
Mr Trump later addressed journalists on Tuesday saying he made the decision to sack Mr Tillerson alone. He also said he and Mr Tillerson shared different views on some key global issues such as the Iran nuclear deal.
Mr Trump wants to cancel the Iran deal which saw Iran abandon its nuclear ambition so as to get several sanctions lifted. Other partners to deal, such as the EU wants the Iran deal to remain.