Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Muhammadu Buhari have pledged to work together to make Africa a better place for present and future generations.
President Buhari who has been in Kenya since January 27, has held bilateral meetings with his counterpart Kenyatta as well as made tours aimed at enlightening his team about agricultural initiatives in the country.
The two leaders said they will work hand in hand to address challenges facing Nigeria and Kenya and in particular, terrorism and radicalization as well as corruption which they termed as “obstacles to development”.
“I look forward to continuing to work with you my brother in ensuring that Africa’s children enjoy happier, more peaceful and prosperous lives,” President Kenyatta told President Buhari.
President Buhari’s visit, the first state visit since he assumed leadership in Nigeria, has seen Kenya and Nigeria build on MoUs and agreements established in the past years to strengthen the bond between the two nations. President Kenyatta observed that President Buhari’s visit to Kenya has provided an opportunity to maintain the momentum in the development of bilateral relations – that have registered significant growth – between Kenya and Nigeria.
The two leaders were speaking during a state banquet hosted by President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in honor of the visiting Nigerian President, a statement from State House said.
Through the forged close ties between the two countries, Kenya and Nigeria are set to enjoy increased business partnerships to grow the economies.
Commenting on the issue of terrorism experienced in the nations, Kenyan President said the countries will work together to end the scourges.
“Tonight, I simply want to record my deep appreciation of your support in our fight,” President Kenyatta said.
He appreciated President Buhari’s visit to Moi Barracks, saying it was an honor to the Kenyan soldiers and their families. Mr Buhari joined Mr Kenyatta at the 9th Kenya Rifles, Moi Barracks for a special inter-denominational service to celebrate the lives of the gallant soldiers fallen in Somalia during the El-Adde Al-Shabaab attack on Friday, January 15.
On his part, President Buhari praised the deepening relations between Kenya and Nigeria noting that, “we have Nigerian banks operating in Kenya while Kenya Airways is connecting many Nigerians to West Africa and indeed the world.”
He added that his government would send farmers to learn from successful Kenyan farmers while many upcoming Kenyan oil and gas businessmen are partnering with Nigerian oil companies.
“We have Nigerians drinking Kenyan coffee in their homes and offices while many Kenyans are listening to Nigerian Music and watching Nollywood movies,” President Buhari observed. The Nigerian leader said these developments point to a real integration on the continent beyond the formal diplomatic levels.
He said integration promotes movement of people and goods boosting intra-Africa trade that result in the creation of millions of jobs within Africa for Africans.
“It is on this note that I hope our two countries will continue building on the strong foundation already laid so far by further enhancing trade and economic ties,” President Buhari said.
Kenyatta and Buhari agreed that Kenya and Nigeria should ensure that the Memoranda of Understanding and bilateral agreements signed are implemented in earnest.