Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari was involved in a lot of engagements on Monday during his two-day visit to Morocco.

Buhari, who was the first Nigerian president to visit the North African country, met with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and some agreement was reached by the two leaders.

Bounce News gathered on Monday that Buhari’s visit has reinforced positive bilateral relationship between Morocco and Nigeria since the earlier visit by the Moroccan king to Abuja in December 2016.

In a press statement made available on Monday by the presidency, progress was made by the two countries.

The statement said the two leaders affirmed their will to create a model of South-South cooperation.

“In this spirit, they welcomed the significant progress made in various areas of cooperation, such as agriculture, fertilizer production, energy infrastructure and mining.

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“His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Excellency 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 progress made in other areas of the bilateral cooperation, as evidenced by the agreement between OCP of Morocco and the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria to invest in fertiliser production; and 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.

“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.

“They expressed deep concerns about violent extremism, terrorism and the persistence of security threats in Africa. They affirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in efforts to combat radicalization in Africa and beyond.

“At the end of the working visit, His Excellency President Buhari, on behalf of his delegation, expressed his deep appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Government and the brotherly people of Morocco,” the presidency said.

It could be recalled that Morocco has already established a partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation and the League Management Company.

Morocco has been pushing to become a member of ECOWAS, a regional bloc made up of countries in West Africa. The bid has been facing stiff opposition by some West African countries, mostly on the grounds that Morocco is located in North Africa.

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