By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari welcomed his Nigerien counterpart, Mohamed Bazoum, to a Ramadan Iftar (breaking the fast) dinner at the State House in Abuja on Monday.
The visiting president and his delegation arrived at 6:45 p.m. and was received by Buhari at the State House Mosque, where they prayed together before heading to the banquet hall.
Buhari had met earlier today in his office with the Nigerien leader, who was on his first international trip after his inauguration on April 2.
The two subregional leaders had discussed issues of mutual interest, including security and the economy.
Senior Nigerian government officials at the dinner included Geoffery Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs; retirement. General Bashir Magashi, Minister of Defense; and Timipre Silver, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources.
Others were the National Security Advisor, the retired Major-General. Babagana Munguno; Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i; and Nigerian Chairman / CEO of the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
In Bazoum’s entourage were the Principal Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hassoumi Massasou; Deputy Chief of Staff, Djibo Daouda; and the Nigerian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alat Migaskia.
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