Moroccan King Congratulates President Buhari On Safe Return

President Buhari Speaks With Moroccan KingKing Mohammed VI of Morocco has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his successful return from a medical vacation in London.

In a telephone call on Thursday, the Moroccan monarch expressed delight and happiness at the kind of reception Nigerians gave President Buhari when he returned home.

According to a statement issued by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, King Mohammed VI said the reception showed the evidence of a leader widely loved by his people.

“King Mohammed VI, who had been in Nigeria on a state visit last December, invited President Buhari to visit Morocco in the same fashion.

“Responding, the Nigerian President thanked the Moroccan monarch for his congratulatory call, and the growing partnership between the two countries.

“Earlier today, a Moroccan delegation made of top government officials had met with senior Nigerian government officials.

“Both President Buhari and King Mohammed VI expressed happiness at the success of the meeting,” the statement read.

Nigeria Signs Gas Pipeline Agreement With Morocco

Nigeria Signs Gas Pipeline Agreement With MoroccoAn agreement to construct a regional gas pipeline connecting Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco has been signed by the two countries.

This was the high point of a two-day working visit of King Muhammad (VI) of Morocco to Nigeria.

For two days President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting King of Morocco engaged in bilateral talks that centered on how to cement relations between Nigeria and Morocco.

With businessmen from Nigeria on one end and those from Morocco on the other, the discussions culminated to the signing of several agreements aimed at galvanizing development between them.

Government’s effort towards diversifying the economy away from oil led to the signing of the agreement on fertilizer production.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meetings, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described the agreement on fertilizer as one that would boost agricultural production in the country.

For the gas pipeline agreement, the ministers of foreign affairs of the two countries, said that the agreement is aimed at accelerating electricity development in the region.

They also spoke on the multiple industrial opportunities for the two countries as part of the strategic vision of the two leaders.

Agreements were also signed on promotion and protection of investments, agriculture, banking, science and technology, and sustainable development.

Foreign observers have said that Nigeria and Morocco have a lot to benefit from the collaboration following the King’s visit.

King Mohammad arrived Nigeria on Thursday night and was received by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He arrived the Presidential Villa at about 1.30 pm Friday, and was received by the President and some top government officials.

Morroccan King Holds Talks With Buhari In Abuja

morroccan-kingNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is holding talks with visiting king, Mohammed (VI) of Morocco, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The king who arrived the country on Thursday night, was received by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He arrived the Presidential Villa at about 1.30 pm Friday, and was received by the President and some top government officials.

King Mohammed who is on a working visit to Nigeria, was earlier treated to a grand reception by the presidential guard at the forecourt of the presidential villa.

He was honoured with a 21-gun salute by men of the Brigade of Guards.

The king later inspected a guard of honour mounted by the soldiers, after which he joined the president for Jumat service at the Abuja National Mosque.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, told reporters that the visit is to cement the relationship between the two countries, following their meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco in November.

Political watchers however say that besides the economic aspect of the visit, Morocco seeks to prompt Nigeria to reconsider its stance on the Western Sahara.

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They also say the king’s visit will give a fresh impetus in the effort to regain Morocco’s seat in the African Union, following their withdrawal from it in 1984.

King Mohammed and President Buhari, have both reached an agreement to allow pipelines run from Nigeria up to Morocco for gas export to Europe.

Meanwhile, they are expected to hold further bilateral discussions later on.

Also later today, a dinner would be held at the Presidential Banquet Hall, to honour the King.

We Are In A Hurry To See Agricultural Projects Take Off – Buhari

Muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeria-Norway-Fisheries-DevelopmentNigeria’s President on Thursday said he is in a hurry to see projects take off in the agricultural sector to enhance food security and create jobs for teeming unemployed youths.

President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this Thursday at State House, Abuja, while receiving Ambassador Nasser Bourita, a Special Envoy of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

“For us in Nigeria, it is like starting all over again. There was a time we had so much money and took things for granted. But with the fall in the international price of oil, we are now readjusting,” the President said.

The President welcomed the plan by Morocco to establish a fertilizer plant in Nigeria, which would not only serve the country, but the entire West African sub-region.

The envoy, who is also Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, said his country had developed a strategy to deal with religious extremism, and had largely been successful in fighting terrorism.

Jonathan Orders Investigation Into Morocco Phone Controversy

 JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has ordered full investigations into the controversy that has erupted over whether or not he had a telephone conversation with His Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

The Nigerian President on Wednesday said he was shocked, surprised and highly embarrassed by the controversy.

In a statement by the President’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, said the the regrettable furore that has developed over the matter is due entirely to misinformation, as President Jonathan had neither spoken with King Mohammed or told anybody that he had a telephone conversation with the Moroccan Monarch.

” It is true that President Jonathan has been speaking with some African leaders to seek their support for Nigeria’s candidate for the position of President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

“In continuation of his efforts in support of the candidacy of the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina for headship of the AfDB, President Jonathan indicated that he would like to speak with the King of Morocco, the President of Algeria and the President of Egypt,” ,” the statement read.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was consequently directed to make necessary contacts with the embassies of the three countries and arrange for President Jonathan to speak with their leaders.

Dr. Abati said that since that directive was given, President Jonathan had spoken with the Prime Minister of Algeria and subsequently sent Vice President Namadi Sambo to Algiers as Special Envoy to follow-up on his discussions with the Algerian Prime Minister on support for Nigeria’s candidate in the coming elections for the AfDB Presidency.

“The President has, however, not yet spoken with King Mohammed VI and President Al-Sisi of Egypt as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must know.”

As a result the controversy, President Jonathan ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, to urgently undertake a full investigation of the claim which emanated from the Ministry that the President spoke with King Mohammed VI.

The investigation is to identify all those who were responsible for the unacceptable act of official misinformation which had resulted in an unnecessary diplomatic row with another country and national embarrassment.

It is also expected to unveil the motives of the culprits.

President Jonathan also ordered that prompt and commensurate disciplinary action should be taken against the culpable person or persons.

While awaiting the outcome of the investigations, President Jonathan urged Nigerians to “disregard the vituperation of opposition elements, who have, true to type, latched on to the regrettable faux pas as a fresh opportunity to unpatriotically denigrate the government of their country and advance their irresponsible quest for victory at any price in the coming elections”.

The Kingdom of Morocco had said that there had never been a phone conversation between HM King Mohammed VI and the President of this country”, the ministry said in a statement.