President Buhari arrived in Abuja on Monday evening, in company of aides who accompanied to meet with King Mohammed VI, at the invitation of the Moroccan leader. The presidential aircraft conveying the President and some members of his entourage back home from Rabat, Morocco, landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 5.15p.m.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Governors of Ebonyi and Jigawa, Dave Umahi and Badaru Abubakar respectively who were part of the President’s entourage to Morocco; the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and other top government functionaries lined up to receive President Buhari at the airport.
At the meeting in Rabat, both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to fostering deeper bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Morocco, with the signing of an agreement on gas transportation to the North African kingdom along the Atlantic coast.
They appreciated the significant progress in various areas of cooperation, such as agriculture, fertilizer production, energy infrastructure and mining. Also, at the meeting, King Mohammed applauded President Buhari performing his role as the African Union anti-corruption champion through his efforts in tackling corruption in his country.
In return, President Buhari congratulated the Moroccan king on the election of his country to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union. He also praised King Mohammed for the successful completion of his mandate as African Leader on Migration Issues, which culminated in the presentation of the African Agenda for Migration and the creation of the African Observatory on Migration.
The two African leaders also focused on strengthening economic relations in gas resource development, global investments and agricultural training and management. In a communiqué issued at the end of the two-day President’s official visit, Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco affirmed their will to create South-South cooperation model.