Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Muhammadu Buhari have pledged to work together to make Africa a better place for present and future generations.
The two leaders said they will join hands in addressing challenges facing Nigeria and Kenya in rooting out corruption, terrorism and radicalization, which they termed as “obstacles to development”.
“I look forward to continuing to work with you my brother in ensuring that Africa’s children enjoy happier, more peaceful and prosperous lives,” President Kenyatta told President Buhari.
Taking a trip down memory lane, President Buhari recalled that Kenya’s founding father President Jomo Kenyatta was among the most inspiring first generation of African freedom fighters that included Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Abdul Nasser of Egypt, Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria and Kwame Nkuruma of Ghana – leaders who paved the way for the independent Africa of today.
“That generation of heroes brought our continent back to us. Now it is our task to make them proud by elevating Africa to a level beyond their dreams,” President Buhari said, adding that his visit to Kenya was the first state visit since he assumed the leadership of Nigeria.
The two leaders were speaking during a state banquet host by President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in honour of the visiting Nigerian President.
President Kenyatta said President Buhari’s visit to Kenya has provide an opportunity to maintain the momentum in the development of bilateral relations – that have registered significant growth – between Kenya and Nigeria.
He said the two countries are forging closer ties creating room for increased partnership between the business communities of Kenya and Nigeria.
Noting that Kenya and Nigeria were grappling with the problems of terrorism, radicalization of the youth and violent extremism, President Kenyatta said the two countries will work together to end these scourges.
“Tonight, I simply want to record my deep appreciation of your support in our fight,” President Kenyatta said.
He appreciated President Buhari’s visit to Moi Barracks, saying it was an honour to the Kenyan soldiers and their families.
On his part, President Buhari lauded the deepening relations between Kenya and Nigeria.
“For example, we have Nigerian banks operating in Kenya while Kenya Airways is connecting many Nigerians to West Africa and indeed the world,” President Buhari said.
President Kenyatta and President Buhari agreed that Kenya and Nigeria should ensure that the Memoranda of Understanding and bilateral agreements signed are implemented in earnest.