Buhari, George Weah Hold Talks In Abuja
Liberia's President, George Weah, is in Nigeria.
He arrived at Nigeria's Presidential Villa in the capital city, Abuja, at about 12:33 p.m. on Monday for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
After a guard of honour parade to welcome him to the villa, the Liberian President entered into a closed-door meeting with the Nigerian President.
He is said to be on a "Thank You" visit to Nigeria.
Weah was received by President Buhari at the presidential forecourt before both leaders went into closed door meeting.
The former football star and a one-time World Footballer of the Year, was sworn in as Liberia’s new president on January 22.
Weah won the Liberia’s presidential election as candidate of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) when he scored 61.5 per cent of the total of 720,023 votes cast, defeating the incumbent vice president of the country, Joseph Boakai, and the candidate of the ruling Unity Party.
The meeting is coming on a day that President Buhari will leave for Ghana to attend the Independent Anniversary scheduled for Tuesday.
He will first hold talks with the leadership of the National Assembly and also travel to the troubled Mambilla Plateau in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State before leaving for Ghana.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that already the President’s advanced team of personnel had left Abuja for Taraba to prepare for his arrival.
While in Taraba, President Buhari will visit the troubled areas to console and address traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state on need to embrace peace and shun all forms of violence.
The latest communal clash on the Mambilla Plateau was reported to have claimed the lives of about 20 persons while 300 cows were either killed or stolen.
The Mambilla Plateau has been witnessing outbreaks of ethnic violence with hundreds of people reported injured or dead in recent times.
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After the official engagement in Taraba, President Buhari will leave for Ghana where he will on Tuesday attend the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary holding at the Independence Square.
A statement on Sunday by the spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari was a special guest of honour.