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24th June 2018

Bio and Buhari Touch on Stability in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and on Regional Level

By a press release (01/06/18)

President Julius Maada Bio and his counterpart President Muhammadu Buhari continue to strengthen Sierra Leone and Nigeria bilateral ties. 


On Wednesday 30th May at the start of a two-day visit to Nigeria by President Julius Maada Bio on the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari, the two leaders shared many things in common. They are both retired generals, former military Heads of State and now democratically elected Presidents, according to a State House press release. (Photo: Presidents Bio and Buhari with Sierra Leone Speaker Dr. Abass Bundu, 1st left, and Foreign Minister Mr. Alie Kabba, 2nd left in Nigeria).

President Buhari also spoke about the strong bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and Nigeria and promised President Bio that he will continue to strengthen that bilateral ties. On security, President Buhari also spoke about the critical importance of stability in the two countries and also at the regional level. He said that Nigeria will spare no effort to ensure that the two countries continue to be stable.

On his part, President Bio said that his visit was not only to strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries but also to express gratitude to the government and people of Nigeria for all the assistance and support Sierra Leone has been receiving from them. President Bio also said that Nigeria and Sierra Leone have a long history and common values.

Maada Bio expressed his deepest gratitude on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone for the role Nigeria played in bringing to an end the civil war and for the support during the post-conflict reconstruction. After a closed-door meeting with President Buhari, President Bio also addressed the press where he spoke about the priorities of his new government which include free education and diversification of the economy among others.

Earlier, President Bio was given a warm welcome at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja where he was accorded a presidential guard of honour and received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama.

Foreign and International Cooperation Minister Mr. Alie Kabba and the Speaker of Parliament Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu were part of the Sierra Leone delegation to Nigeria.

Courtesy: State House Media and Communications Unit; +232(88)269292; +232(76)267664


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