Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has today arrived in Kenya for a three day visit. He was received at the airport by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
Then Nigerian’s president is to join President Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries at a memorial service for Kenyan soldiers who were killed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud also flew into the Kenya this morning. And will join the other two presidents.
After a private talk tomorrow, President Uhuru and Nigerian’s Buhari will proceed to a meeting in State House, Nairobi on Thursday to discuss matters concerning Kenya and Nigeria with other Kenyan government officials.
Kenya and Nigeria enjoy amiable relations, no doubt. In July 2015, the two countries finalised an Agreement for the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation.
The Agreement paved way for Trade, Tourism, Education, Energy, Agriculture & Technical cooperation.
Memorandum of Understanding on oil and gas matters was signed by the two countries. The endorsement of the document granted Kenya the chance to learn from the Nigerian professionals and to build capacity in oil exploration.
They also founded a Joint Business Forum which has encouraged further engagement including an MOU launching the Kenya-Nigeria Agro-business Forum.
This longstanding relationships caused lots of Nigerian companies to set base in the country, including GZ Industries – a can-manufacturing facility in Kenya.
Other companies include Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa and Eco-Bank. The construction of a cement factory belonging to Dangote Group is ongoing in Kitui as well.
The Business relationship which Kenya and Nigeria established also led to the operation of 6 flights to Lagos & 3 flights to Abuja per week by Kenya Airways.
The Nigerian’s president visit to Kenya today is expected to reinforce and strengthen these areas.