Nigeria, Sierra Leone to strengthen ties

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari and Sierra Leone's Julius Maada Bio in Abuja

Nigeria and Sierra Leone have agreed to further strengthen ties, for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio disclosed this to State House Correspondents after paying a courtesy visit on his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari.

Bio said he was in Nigeria to appreciate the support of Nigeria to Sierra Leone during its difficult times and its recently held election.

“Nigeria and Sierra Leone are two sister countries that have enjoyed a great relationship spanning over several years and this relationship has been tasted severally. I came today to express our country’s gratitude to the Federal republic of Nigeria for standing by us during our time of need, when we had the civil war. This is my first time in Nigeria after I was elected. Im here on this courtesy call to renew our bond of friendship and to see how we can deepen this relationship which is mutually beneficial,” President Bio said.

He said his discussion with President Buhari centred on health, security trade and movement of people within the two countries.

He also said the two leaders are concerned about the Ebola issue in Democratic Republic of Congo and preventive measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.