By Gbenga Gbelee
Amidst continued speculations and uncertainties surrounding the health of President
Muhammadu Buhari and his continued stay in London on medical vacation, King
Mohammed VI of Morocco on Wednesday had a telephone conversation with President
Muhammad Buhari in London.
A statement issued in Abuja today by President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and
Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said the king initiated the call.
Mr. Adesina stated that the Moroccan leader asked after the president’s well being and
expressed satisfaction at his response to treatment.
According to the statement by the Presidential media aide, the two leaders also discussed the
current stage of the Morocco-Nigeria Atlantic crude oil pipeline project.
He noted that King Mohammed VI thanked President Buhari for Nigeria’s support in
returning Morocco to the African Union and notified him of Morocco’s request to join the
Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS).
Mr Adesina quoted the Moroccan king as also expressing the intention to make the Rabat-
Abuja strategic partnership a framework for regular consultation and cooperation on African
issues of mutual interest to both countries.
He said President Buhari thanked the Moroccan King for the phone call, saying he looked
forward to deepening relations between both countries.
It would be recalled that Nigeria’s president proceeded on a short vacation to London late
January this year and was expected back in the country on the 6 th of February.
A letter transmitted to the National assembly indicating an extension of his vacation however
saw rumours and speculations spreading about his health status hence series of goodwill
messages and visits to London by various national leaders.