President Muhammadu Buhari, who flew out of Nigeria on a visit to Turkey on Wednesday laid a wreath today, at the mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Buhari, who was accompanied by his wife, Aisha and two of his children, later held a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the palatial residence of Turkey’s number one citizen.
Buhari was also accompanied on the visit to the mausoleum by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Iliyasu Paragalda and other senior government officials.
He laid the wreath in red and white, which are the colours of Turkey’s national flag, at Atatürk’s tomb and later held a one-minute silence in respect to the legendary leader.
Afterwards, the President appended his signature on the official Anitkabir memorial Book of Honour at the Misaki-i Milli Kulesi (National Pact Tower), within the vicinity of the mausoleum, and he was later round the museum on a tour.
He wrote: “It is an honour and privilege to visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of a great patriotic, visionary and courageous leader who shaped modern Turkey, during my official working visit to Ankara and the ninth D-8 summit in Istanbul.
“I pay my profound respect to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey and the first President from 1923 until his death in 1938.
“I am pleased with the friendly relations between Turkey and Nigeria, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the years.
“I look forward to a more fruitful cooperation between our governments and people in areas of mutual concern and interests, for the benefit of our people”.
The President’s visit is to strengthen diplomatic ties with Turkey and also discuss pertinent issues concerning the two nations amidst growing concerns over the allegiance of their loyalty at the behest of the IPOB impasse.