(Last Updated On: March 3, 2017)

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.