– President Buhari has released a statement expressing his pleasure over Nigeria, Turkey relationship which he said has grown in leaps and bounds over the years
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday has said that he was pleased with the friendly relations between Turkey and Nigeria, which he described as having grown in leaps and bounds over the years. The president made this statement while on his visit to Turkey accompanied by his wife Aisha Buhari and two of his children.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President wrote the message in the register he signed when he visited and laid a wreath at the mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, before meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Palace.
While being accompanied by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Turkey, Iliyasu Paragalda; and other senior government officials, Buhari was said to have laid the wreath in red and white colours of the Turkish flag at the tomb of Ataturk and later observed a minute silence.
Afterwards, the President signed the official Anitkabir memorial Book of Honour at the Misaki-i Milli Kulesi (National Pact Tower), within the precincts of the mausoleum, and also toured the museum.
President Buhari wrote, “It is an honour and privilege to visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of a great patriotic, visionary and courageous leader who shaped modern Turkey, during my official working visit to Ankara and the ninth D-8 summit in Istanbul.”
“I pay my profound respect to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey and the first President from 1923 until his death in 1938.”
‘‘I am pleased with the friendly relations between Turkey and Nigeria, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. I look forward to a more fruitful cooperation between our governments and people in areas of mutual concern and interests, for the benefit of our people.’’