Photos: Maada Bio in Nigeria, receives assurances from Buhari

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President Julius Maada Bio speaks at a joint press conference with President Buhari

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari has given assurances to the new President of Sierra Leone, Mr Julius Maada Bio, of Nigeria’s support, including military assistance, as the country works towards a stable and improved economy.

The president gave the assurance when he received the Sierra Leonean President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari congratulated Bio on the successful elections and the transition that had ushered in a new government in the country.

“We will continually stand by you to ensure stability in your country. We believe security in the West Coast region, Africa and the world should be a collective concern,’’ he said.

Julius Maada Bio addresses the Nigerian media. Right are President Buhari, Chief of Staff Abba Kyari and Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama
President Buhari welcomes Maada Bio on arrival at Aso Rock. Photo Sunday Aghaeze
Maada Bio and President Buhari walk towards the reception area
President Buhari introduces Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama to his vsiitor

The President said Nigeria had for a long period provided security support for the country, especially during the 11 years of civil war, and would continue to assist the forces on the ground to ensure the peace and stability needed for development.

According to him, he shares a lot in common with the Sierra Leonean President, which includes ruling the country as a military general, contesting several elections as opposition and winning to face the challenges of security and an ailing economy.

Maada Bio also introduces his aides to President Buhari.
And yet another introduction of an aide by Maada Bio to his host, President Buhari

President Julius Maada Bio, President Muhammadu Buhari Chief of Staff Mallam Abba Kyari and Nigerian Minister of Foreign affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama during the visit by the President of Sierra Leone to the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 30 2018.
President Maada Bio sits for talks with President Buhari

In his remarks, the President of Sierra Leone said his country remained grateful to Nigeria for the brotherly role it had played in ensuring an end to the protracted civil war in the country and the successful political transitions since then.

Bio said he would work towards deepening the bilateral relations with Nigeria, and the strengthening of the regional bond, particularly in the areas of security and trade.

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