The President of the Democratic Republic of the Sudan, President Sayed Gaafar Mohamed Nimeiry, arrived at Lagos Airport on Thursday, 23 August, at the start of a seven-day state visit to nigeria.
The President of the Democratic Republic of the Sudan, President Sayed Gaafar Mohamed Nimeiry, arrived at Lagos Airport on Thursday, 23 August, at the start of a seven-day state visit to nigeria. He was welcome by the Nigerian Head of States, General Yakubu Gowon. The President was accompanied by his wife, Madam Busaima Khalil.
The two leaders are expected to hold talks on the Ethiopian-Somali border dispute, and the situation of the estimated two million people of Nigeria origin resident in the Sudan.
President Nimeiry is chairman of the committee sat up by the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) to deal with the border despite. General Gowon is chairman of the O.A.U.
After inspecting a guard-of-honour at the airport, President Nimeiry was introduced to the chiefs of the Nigerian government services, and watched a display of musical acrobatic dancers. Discussions at the State House, where President Nimeiry is staying, were followed by a State Banquet for the President at the Federal Palace Hotel in the evening.
SYNOPSIS: At Lagos Airport on Thursday, a plane arrived bringing the President of the Democratic Republic of the Sudan, President Sayed Gaffar Mohamed Nimeiry, to Nigeria on a seven-day state visit. He and his wife were welcomed by the Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, and Mrs. Gowon. During the ceremony a bouquet of flowers was presented to Madame Nimeiry. General Gowon and the President are expected to discuss the dispute over the Ethiopian - Somali border, and the situation caused by the estimated two million people of Nigerian origin who are resident in the Sudan.
The President is Chairman of the committee set up by the Organisation of African Unity to deal with the border dispute between Ethiopia and Somali. General Gowon is the Chairman of the Organisation.
President Nimeiry's visit was welcomed by the Nigerian Press, which called for a strengthening of relations between Africa and the Arab countries.
The President was introduced to members of the Nigerian Government. The following day, he was due to fly to Enugu to see the work of the Government's rehabilitation programme for the East Central State. The welcome the crowds had given him was matched by visual displays around the airport bearing his portrait.
The airport ceremony ended with a display of music and acrobatic dancing for the General and his ouesta.
The President and General Gowon then left by car for the State House where the President will stay.