Nigeria’s Buhari visits Kenya, vows to fight terrorism

L-R Presidents Muhammadu Buhari, Uhuru Kenyatta and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Nigeria, Kenya and Somalia respectively, and the Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto in Eldoret, Western Kenya Wednesday.

 Presidents Muhammadu Buhari, Uhuru Kenyatta and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Nigeria, Kenya and Somalia respectively, and the Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto in Eldoret, Western Kenya Wednesday.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Wednesday in Kenya for a three-day visit that will centre on the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Shortly after arriving in the East African nation, President Buhari, his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somali leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attended an interfaith memorial service at a military barracks in Eldoret, Western Kenya in honour of Kenyan soldiers who were reportedly killed in Somalia by the terror group Al-Shabaab two weeks ago.

“We must all arise against the culture of intolerance, hatred and extremist ideologies which drive terrorism. We must also be firm against radicalization,” Mr. Buhari, himself an army general said at the ceremony adding that “Nigeria stands in solidarity and it is willing to stand with Kenya and indeed with other African countries and the global colleagues at large with a view to defeating these elements.”

President Kenyatta welcomed both leaders Kenya and acknowledge his country is in “trying times” paying tribute to the slain soldiers for their patriotism, sacrifice and bravery, and condoling with their families and friends.

A fortnight ago, Al Shabaab claimed to have killed about 100 Kenyan peacekeeping troops in Somali but the government in Nairobi hasn’t confirmed the number of the soldiers killed in that deadly clash. Kenyan soldiers have been in Somalia fighting the terror group since 2011.

While in Kenya, Buhari is expected to hold talks with President Kenyatta and top government officials in bid to strengthen ties between the two nations.