Turkish President Erdogan Begins Two-day Visit to Nigeria


•Holds bilateral talks with Buhari today

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey yesterday began a two-day official visit to Nigeria and is being hosted in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the Turkish President who was being accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Emine Erdogan, was coming in from Angola, and was expected to depart to Togo at the end of his visit.

The leaders of the two countries were expected to consider about two dozen Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and they would authorise the signing of those on which there is a concurrence.

In addition to the bilateral discussions, President Erdogan would hold one-on-one meeting with President Buhari and he was expected to commission the Turkish Cultural Centre in Abuja while his wife, Emine, accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, would commission the Government Secondary School in Wuse 11, Abuja which was recently renovated by a Turkish aid organisation, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordinating Agency, TIKA.

The statement added that Nigeria considers Turkey a close partner and sees this visit as a milestone in the bilateral relations between the two nations.