Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu has received the President of Cameroun, Paul Biya, who is on a two-day working visit to Nigeria.
Accompanied by his wife, the Cameroonian President, who entered the Presidential Villa at about 2:00pm local time on Tuesday inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Presidential Guards before retiring into President Buhari’s office for bilateral talks.
Reports indicate that both countries will sign new agreements to strengthen existing ties, as well as trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Cameroun.
President Biya was in Nigeria in 1983 and 1991.
In 2007, he attended the swearing in of late President Yar’Adua and also attended the ceremonies marking Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary in 2010.
One of the issues affecting both countries that the Presidents are likely to discuss is the insurgency in the north-east of Nigeria and the region of Cameroun on border.
Both countries have military agreements – the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) – that is aimed at ending the free movement of Boko Haram terrorists along their borders.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon, will at the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari, begin a two-day state visit to Nigeria tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
President Biya, who will be accompanied by his wife, Chantal and senior Cameroonian government officials, will be received Tuesday afternoon at the Presidential Villa, Abuja by President Buhari.
Both leaders and their officials will confer on issues of common interest to Nigeria and Cameroon, including ongoing bilateral and regional cooperation against terrorism, violent extremism and cross-border crimes.
It is expected that new agreements to strengthen existing ties, as well as trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Cameroon, will be concluded and signed before the end of President Biya’s visit.
President Buhari’s spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina says that a joint communiqué on the visit and the talks between the two presidents and their officials will be issued before President Biya’s departure from Abuja on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.