President Ahmadou Ahidjo of the Cameroon Republic arrived at Ikeja airport, Lagos on Friday (25 September) for a five-day state visit.
President Ahmadou Ahidjo of the Cameroon Republic arrived at Ikeja airport, Lagos on Friday (25 September) for a five-day state visit. The President had talks with the Nigerian head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, for two hours on Saturday
President Ahidjo, his wife and an eight-man entourage were greeted at the airport by Genera Gowon, the chiefs of the armed forces, members of the diplomatic corps and leaders of the Cameroon community in Lagos.
The Cameroon President was the first of many heads of state expected during the next few day to celebrate Nigeria's tenth anniversary of independence on October 1. President Ahidjo will only stay until tuesday, the third day of the week-long celebrations.
The visit is expect to deal principally with finally cementing relations between Nigeria and Gabon and the Ivory Coast--two of the countries which recognised the former breakaway state of Biafra. Sources close to the Cameroon leader said recently that President Ahidjo would try and arrange a meeting between the three nations.
Final reconciliation with the other two states which recognised Biafra--Zambia and Tanzania--was effected last month at the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Summit in Addis Ababa when reconciliation in principle with all four nations was announced. Presidents Bongo and Houphouet-Boigny were not present at the OAU meeting
On Saturday, President Ahidjo met with General Gown at the Dodan barracks for official talks. No communique was issued after the discussions. President Ahidjo was conferred with Nigeria's highest national honour--Grand Commander of the Federal Republic--by General Gowon.
During his stay, the Cameroon leader will make a sight-seeing tour and pay a brief visit to the city of Ibadan, the western state capital 90 miles (140 kilometres) north of Lagos. Ibadan is Black Africa's largest city with a population of over one million.