Nigeria, Somali Presidents to honour Kenya’s fallen soldiers

January 26, 2016 4:02 pm
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Esipisu said Buhari’s visit is intended to cement bi-lateral ties between the two nations with a number of Memorandums of Understanding having been entered into during his predecessor Jonathan Goodluck’s visit in 2013/FILE
Esipisu said Buhari’s visit is intended to cement bi-lateral ties between the two nations with a number of Memorandums of Understanding having been entered into during his predecessor Jonathan Goodluck’s visit in 2013/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26 – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will land at the Eldoret International Airport on Wednesday where he will be received by President Uhuru Kenyatta for a three day visit.

His first order of business on receiving a 21 gun salute will be to attend an interdenominational service at the Moi Barracks in Eldoret for the KDF soldiers who were killed in an Al Shabaab ambush in El Adde, Somalia, on January 15.

Buhari, whose government is itself fighting extremist group Boko Haram, will be joined by Somalia’s President Hassan Mohamud at the 9th Kenya Rifles, Moi Barracks, Eldoret.

“Kenya and Nigeria have exchanged high level visits before with former President Jonathan Goodluck coming to Kenya in September 2013 and President Kenyatta is paying a state visit to Nigeria in July 2014,”Esipisu recapped at a State House press briefing on Tuesday.

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Buhari’s visit, Esipisu said, is therefore intended to cement and grow the bi-lateral ties that already exist between the two countries.
During President Kenyatta’s state visit to Nigeria in July 2014, the two countries agreed on the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation in Trade, Tourism, Education, Energy and Agriculture among other areas.

“With the discovery of viable oil deposits in the country, Kenya has been working on developing her commercial oil production and such co-operation will go a long way towards achieving that target,” Esipisu said on Tuesday.

As Jonathan did during his visit to Kenya, President Buhari will also attend a business forum in Nairobi on Thursday as well as hold, “private talks,” with President Kenyatta before departing on Friday.

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On his departure, President Kenyatta will head to Addis Ababa in readiness for the African Union Heads of State and Government Summit.

While in Addis, President Kenyatta will Chair the African Peer Review Mechanism Summit — which was to initially take place in Nairobi last year — having been elected the APRM Chair in June last year.

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An avid proponent of an African Court of Justice, President Kenyatta will also, “deliver intervention points,” on the International Criminal Court.

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