The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari yesterday held a meeting with His Royal Majesty, King Charles III in Buckingham Palace for the first time since he took his mother’s crown.
While the purpose of the meeting is yet to be ascertained, both leaders as expected discussed bilateral relations and how the United Kingdom can help Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.
Buhari is in the UK for a medical checkup. He left on October 31st.
Before Wednesday’s meeting, both leaders communicated with each other.
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Africa Today News, New York had last month reported that King Charles III had written to the Nigerian president, sympathising with him over the devastating floods that have killed hundreds and displaced millions in the West African nation.
‘Your Excellency, Dear Mr. President,’ the monarch began in a letter to Buhari. ‘I wanted you to know how deeply saddened both my wife and I are to hear of the many people who have lost their loved ones and whose lives have been so dreadfully affected as a consequence of the devastating floods across Nigeria.
‘We remember with the greatest affection our visits to Nigeria and the kindness of the people we met’ he submitted.
While reiterating the UK’s support to Nigeria, he said ‘however inadequate this may be under such tragic circumstances, our most heartfelt sympathy is with all those who have suffered so much, and our thoughts are with those working to support the recovery efforts.
‘I know that the United Kingdom stands in solidarity with Nigeria as you recover from these truly terrible events.’
Already, over 600 persons have died in the recent floodings in Nigeria as of Sunday.
The disaster had also forced more than 1.3 million from their homes, said a statement by Nigeria’s ministry of humanitarian affairs, released on Twitter.