President Buhari returns from Morocco

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The President arrived in Abuja on Monday evening, one day after he left the country to meet with King Mohammed VI, at the invitation of the Moroccan leader.

Both president Muhammadu Buhari and King Muhammed VI at a bilateral meeting in Morocco

Both president Muhammadu Buhari and King Muhammed VI at a bilateral meeting in Morocco

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.

While in Morocco, President Buhari and King Mohammed VI of Morocco held bilateral talks where Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco signed three agreements, which included a regional gas pipeline that will see Nigeria providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe.

The two African leaders also focused on strengthening economic relations in gas resource development, global investments and agricultural training and management.

According to reports emanating from 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.

Both governments of Nigeria and Morocco also agreed on a cooperation plan to press on with a proposed pipeline transporting gas to the North African kingdom along the Atlantic coast.

President Muhammadu Buhari and King Mohammed VI of Morrocco had on Sunday supervised the signing of the accord in Rabat, Morroco capital city.

Morocco’s MAP news agency reported that this details the way forward for the mega-project first agreed in 2016.

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The proposed pipeline is to measure about 5,660 kilometres and is expected to be an extension of an already existing pipeline that has been transporting gas to Benin, Togo and Ghana since 2010.

“For economic, political, legal and security reasons, the choice was made for a combined onshore/offshore route.

“The proposed pipeline, to be built in several phases, will measure some 5,660 kilometres (3,500 miles) and respond to the growing needs of the transit countries and Europe over the next 25 years,” a statement said.

Both governments also appreciated the significant progress in various areas of cooperation, such as agriculture, fertiliser production, energy infrastructure and mining.

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.

He also commended the efforts of the Nigerian President towards regional initiative against terrorism in the Lake Chad region.

King Mohammed VI applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption, commending him for performing his role as the African Union anti-corruption champion.

He also recognised Buhari’s regional initiative against terrorism in the Lake Chad.

“His Majesty King Mohammed VI congratulated His Excellency President Buhari for his leadership in the regional initiative against terrorism in the Lake Chad region and commended his efforts in the fight against corruption and his role as the African Union anti-corruption champion,” a communique issued at the end of the visit read in part.

President Buhari congratulated the Moroccan king on the election of his country to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.

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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.

In the joint communique signed by both leaders after the meeting, they expressed deep concerns about violent extremism, terrorism and the persistence of security threats in Africa.

“They affirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in efforts to combat radicalisation in Africa and beyond,” the communique added.

President Buhari was accompanied on the trip by the governors of Ebonyi and Jigawa states, David Umahi and Badaru Abubakar, as well as other senior government officials.

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 5.15 p.m.

 

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