President Muhammadu Buhari On Sunday held a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital.
The meeting held on the sidelines ofthe 33rd African Union Summit.
According to a statement from Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, thePresident expressed his desire to strengthen bilateral ties with Canada.
In remarks before the press, PresidentBuhari 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 ofthe ‘biggest customers’, ofNigeria’s crude oil.
‘‘But the most important and enduring relations with Canada is education,’’ PresidentBuhari said.
In his remarks, the Canadian Prime Minister described PresidentBuhari as‘‘a leader in Africa’’, adding that it was a pleasure to engage on regional and international issues.
‘‘Your leadership and reflection on the current situation challenging Africa but also the potentials and opportunities are something that I am very much looking up to.
‘‘Canada and Nigeria have a long-standing and deep connection and friendship, and I very much look forward to hearing your perspectives on many big issues facing not just Africa but the world’’ Trudeau said.