Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Kenya for a three day visit. The president is billed to attend a ceremony with his counter part, President Uhuru Kenyatta in Eldoret today, January 27, to honour the fallen KDF soldiers that were killed by the Al-Shabaab in El Adde, Somalia.
President Muhammadu Buhari signing a document to seal an agreement entered with his counter part.
The event is the first item in the itinerary released by State House, Nairobi, though the two leaders are also expected to hold bilateral talks in a bid to boost trade between the two countries.
President Muhammadu Buhari and President Uhuru Kenyantta having bilateral talks.
The programme menu also disclosed that the two leaders are expected to talk on curbing terrorism as well as the exploration of oil and gas resources. The programme will end on Friday, January 29, 2016.
Uhuru and Buhari now at Eldoret KDF Barracks for the memorial
Kenya and Nigerian relations
In July 2015, the two countries concluded an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation.
Kenya soldiers dressed in their ceremonial uniform.
The agreement established an enabling framework for enhancing bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest including trade, tourism, education, energy, agriculture and technical cooperation.
President Buhari receives full state honours as he arrives for state visit.
These agreements were signed in April 2015 during the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan, who visited Kenya in September, 2013. Uhuru also visited Nigeria in May, 2014.
President Muhammadu Buhari on a red carpet during his arrival in Kenya.
The Nigerian leader who landed at the Eldoret International Airport shortly after 2:30 pm received full state honours including a 21 gun salute from KDF officers.
Immediately after the arrival ceremonies, President Kenyatta and his guest held tet-a-tet before they left for Moi Barracks in Eldoret for an interdenominational memorial service in honour of KDF soldiers who were killed in El Adde, Somalia following an Al-Shabaab ambush.
The service is also being attended by the Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who jetted into the country earlier this morning.
The Somali leader was received by senior government officials led by the Deputy President William Ruto and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.
Today’s prayer meeting is the second that President Kenyatta is attending in a fortnight.