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President Buhari arrives Ankara Presidential Palace; Visits mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father

President Buhari, his wife Mrs AIsha Buhari and daughter Halima joins President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his wife Mrs Ermine Erdogan in a group photo during the official working visit at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey on 19th Oct 2017
President Buhari joined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey meet Nigerian Footballer William Ekong during the official working visit at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey on 19th Oct 2017
President Buhari and his wife Mrs AIsha Buhari with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accompanied by his wife Mrs Ermine Erdogan joined by Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Ismail Karahman during a Luncheon hosted in honor of the Nigerian President on 19th Oct 2017
President Buhari inspects a guard honour during his official visit to Turkey with him is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on 19th Oct 2017
President Buhari at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey for a tete-a-tete with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on 19th Oct 2017
President Buhari greets Turkish government officials at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey during his Official Working Visit on 19th Oct 2017
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey being introduced to Nigerian officials
President Buhari laying a wreath at the mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
President Buhari inspecting the mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, laid a wreath at the mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Palace.

Accompanied by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Turkey, Iliyasu Paragalda and other senior government officials, a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity), said that President Buhari laid the wreath in red and white colours of the Turkish flag at the tomb of Ataturk and later observed a minute’s silence.

Afterwards, the President signed the official Anitkabir memorial Book of Honour at the Misaki-i Milli Kulesi (National Pact Tower), within the precincts of the mausoleum, and toured the museum.

He wrote: ‘‘It is an honour and privilege to visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of a great patriotic, visionary and courageous leader who shaped modern Turkey, during my official working visit to Ankara and the ninth D-8 summit in Istanbul.

“I pay my profound respect to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey and the first President from 1923 until his death in 1938.

‘‘I am pleased with the friendly relations between Turkey and Nigeria, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. I look forward to a more fruitful cooperation between our governments and people in areas of mutual concern and interests, for the benefit of our people.’’

 

 

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