President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday commended Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for opening his country’s borders to accommodate millions of refugees.
Speaking at a joint press conference during Erdogan’s official visit to Nigeria, President Buhari said his Turkish counterpart has set an example for the rest of the world on how to treat refugees.
‘‘I commend Your Excellency for your leadership and generosity in receiving and accommodating 4 million refugees fleeing from conflict areas particularly in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. You have indeed set an example to the rest of the world,” President Buhari is quoted as saying in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Buhari described the two-day visit by President Erdogan and his First Lady, Emine Erdogan, as a reflection of the ‘‘robust, warm and cordial bilateral relation’’ between Nigeria and Turkey.
He noted that it is the second time he has had ‘‘the pleasure of receiving my Brother in Abuja.’’
Speaking on the visit, the president said: “During the visit, we held very useful discussions on a number of bilateral issues, aimed at strengthening this cordial relationship between Nigeria and Turkey.
“The key issues we touched on included a Series of Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding that had been finalised.
“As a positive outcome, eight major Agreements/MoUs on a number of the key sectors including Energy, Defense Industry, Mining and HydroCarbons among others were signed today. We have agreed that implementation is to commence immediately.
“In the course of our discussions, we also reviewed the travel ban list based on the revised COVID-19 protocols and removed Turkey from Nigeria’s Travel Ban List. Turkey has indeed achieved remarkable success in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He said Erdogan’s meeting with a joint session of Nigeria and Turkish Chambers of Commerce and Industry, before departing Nigeria, would be another opportunity to engage and exchange views on more productive ways of strengthening the socio-economic ties between the two countries.