President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said that Nigeria is willing to strengthen bilateral ties with Canada, Concise News reports.
In a statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president said this in a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital.
According to Shehu, the meeting was held on the sidelines of the 33rd African Union Summit.
In remarks before the press, Buhari underscored the warm and friendly relations between Nigeria and Canada, noting commonwealth membership of both nations and the choice of Canada for higher education by Nigerian students.
‘We have a lot of students in Canada. We are aware of our vital roles to keep the country together. We are eager to expand trade because you are one of the ‘biggest customers’, of Nigeria’s crude oil.
‘‘But the most important and enduring relations with Canada is education,’’ President Buhari said.
In his remarks, the Canadian Prime Minister described President Buhari as ‘‘a leader in Africa’’, adding that it was a pleasure to engage on regional and international issues.