Buhari Visits Morocco


Diplomatic relations is a necessity in building bridges between states. This is for the obvious reason of maintaining a peaceful world environment based on the interconnections of states. Friendly visits of this nature is always a welcomed development.
President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja after a two-day official visit to Morocco where he was received and by the Moroccan leader, King Mohammed VI. In December 2016, the Moroccan President visited Nigeria and signed a collaboration to revive the Nigerian fertilizer blending plants. This has led to 14 fertiliser plant under the president fertilizer initiative with a capacity of 2-3 million metric tonnes of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.
At the meeting in Rabat, both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to stronger bilateral relations between Nigeria and Morocco, with the signing of an agreement on gas transportation to the North African kingdom along the Atlantic coast.
King Mohammed applauded President Buhari performing his role as the African Union anti-corruption champion through his efforts in tackling corruption in his country.
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.
King Mohammed and President Buhari noted with satisfaction the milestones achieved and underscored their commitment to the Regional Gas Pipeline, which will connect Nigeria’s gas resources, those of some West African countries and Morocco, thereby fostering integration and development of countries in the West African region.
The two Heads of State also noted the progress made in other areas of the bilateral cooperation, as evidenced by the Memorandum of Understanding between OCP and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority on the establishment of a Basic Chemicals Platform, specifically to develop a significant Ammonia Production Plant.
His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Excellency President Buhari confirmed their readiness to consult and coordinate the positions of the two countries in regional and international organizations, including the African Union.” The two Heads of State, in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, underscored their commitment to moderation, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, as taught by Islam.


Buhari and the King Mohammed VI of Morocco finalized on the Atlantic project, a pipeline which is set to link Nigeria and Morocco and may extend up towards Europe.

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