Akufo-Addo Visits Buhari -On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Ghana’s President Nana Addo met behind closed doors with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The closed door meeting was held at the new Banquet Hall in the State House. Akufo-Addo was welcomed by Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who ushered him into the office through a red carpet.
This was the second visit to the Nigerian President by a foreign Head of State, following his return from London after his three-month medical leave.
Although the meeting did not last very long, here are some of the significant issues discussed by the two African leaders.
1. Muhammadu Buhari’s Ill Health
The visit was primarily aimed at sympathizing with the Nigerian President who has been sick for a long while. Nana Addo expressed excitement over Buhari’s return and resumption to office.
President Buhari had been in London for over 100 days receiving medical treatment for a yet to be disclosed ailment. His prolonged leave got even the youngest child in Nigeria talking and debating his capability to continue ruling the country.
With Buhari’s return, Nigerians have hope that their ailing president will do well to transform the country.
At a press conference after the visit, President Akufo-Addo noted that “All of us have been very anxious about his (President Buhari) well-being, and it was very good news to hear that he had returned. We are Africans, and it meant that I had to come and see things for myself.”
2. Nana Addo Made an Honorary Citizen
President Akufo-Addo, on his arrival, was made an honorary citizen of Abuja by Muhammad Musa Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital of Abuja, and was handed a symbolic key to the city.
3. Meeting Was 30 Minutes Long
The meeting Nana Addo revealed lasted for half an hour. They reviewed matters both in Ghana and Nigeria, as well as matters to do with what is going on in the ECOWAS community.
The two leaders also discussed matters bordering on the rapid expansion and growth of their respective economies, and the fight against terrorism on the continent and in the world.
President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Minister for National Security, Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah; Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Charles Owiredu; National Security Adviser, Gen. Emmanuel Otchere; and officials of the Presidency.