The President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara who was on a courtesy visit to Nigeria yesterday, meeting with the President of the federation was later conferred with an ” Honorary citizen of the territory” award.
This took place at the Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Bello declared that the token conferred on President Ouattara the Honorary Citizenship of Abuja with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto.
He also noted that it was a testament of the strong friendship and cordial relationship existing between the people of Nigeria and Cote d’ Ivoire.
Receiving the key to the City of Abuja, Ouattara asked the FCT minister to convey to Buhari his sincere appreciation for the kind gesture.
Fielding questions with journalists, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire to Nigeria, Mrs. Toure Maman Nee Kone, said her Ouattara was in Nigeria to felicitate with Buhari, on his recovery and return from London where he went on a medical vacation.
This visit, she remarked, was the third in the life of this administration and buttresses the strong economic, cultural and political relationship between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire as members of the Economic Communiy of West Africa States (ECOWAS).
A leader of Ivoirian people resident in Abuja and a staff of ECOWAS Dr. Guevera Yao, noted that the Ivoirian people resident in Nigeria were happy with the country.
He said: “Nigeria is a great country; it’s a beautiful country. I’ve been here for almost eight years and Nigerians are a very warm people, a welcoming place. We are here to work and to contribute our effort to the integration of West Africa.
“ECOWAS is a very big and very vibrant institution. As you know, we have 15 countries in ECOWAS. Each country taken individually does not have the strength that it actually requires. So, putting ourselves together is actually very good.