Buhari hosts Nigerien President, Mohamed Bazoum



President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday hosted his Nigerien counterpart, Mohamed Bazoum, at the Presidential Villa, .

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the visiting Nigerien leader, who is on two-day official visit to Nigeria, was received by President Buhari at the forecourt of the villa at about 1.22p.m.

Among those who joined the president to welcome Bazoum are the of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital (FCT), Muhammed Bello and some presidential aides.

The governors of Sokoto, Borno, Yobe,  Kebbi and Zamfara states were also at the villa to welcome Bazoum, who was sworn for the first five-year term as President of Niger Republic. after successful transfer of power on April 2.

Bazoum’s inauguration marked the first successful transfer of power from outgoing president to an elected Nigerien leader since the country’s 1960.

NAN reports that the two West went into closed doors bilateral talks immediately after the brief welcoming ceremony.

NAN gathered that Bazoum, 61, would also be hosted to a breaking of fast by President Buhari at about 6.50p.m

President Buhari had earlier received briefing from Vice-President Osinbajo shortly before the arrival of the Nigerien President.

The Nigerian leader had on Thursday returned to after 16-day medical check-up the United Kingdom. (NAN)