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Buhari in phone chat with king of Morocco (Updated)

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday engaged King Mohammed VI of Morocco in a telephone chat when the Moroccan monarch called him up.

A Moroccan news website Le360 reported on Wednesday that the monarch called up Buhari to discuss some issues affecting both nations.

According to the report, “The sovereign first inquired about the state of health of the Nigerian head of state, and welcomed its significant improvement, said a Royal Cabinet statement”.

It further claimed, both leaders “also focused on the conclusions of the meeting held in Casablanca last December under the presidency of King Mohammed VI concerning the Morocco-Nigeria Gas Pipeline and the next steps for the completion of this strategic project.

“In addition, the king made President Buhari aware of the contacts that the sovereign has undertaken on this subject with the heads of state of the region.

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“At the same time, the King thanked President Buhari for his personal involvement in returning Morocco to the African Union.

“The sovereign also briefed President Buhari on the latest royal movements in Africa, as well as the Kingdom’s application to join ECOWAS.

“In addition, the king assured his Nigerian counterpart of the will of the sovereign to make the Rabat-Abuja axis a framework for consultation and cooperation on all African issues”.

Buhari who left Nigeria on January 19 for a medical vacation in London, is yet to return, nor given any definite date for his return as he maintained that he would get back to duties when his doctors give him a clean bill of health.

He has however assured the few privileged Nigerians who have spoken to him on phone that he is fine, and that there is no cause for worry as he is resting.

The Presidency later Thursday confirmed the report. Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, confirmed the report in a statement.


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