- President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in Ankara, Turkey's capital
- The president visited the mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father
- He also met with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President Muhammadu Buhari is in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey.
The president during his working visit paid a visit to the mausoleum of Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on Thursday, October 19.
He laid a wreath - of red and white colours representing the Turkey's flag - on the tomb of Ataturk and observed a minute silence in honour of the late Turkish personality.
NAIJ.com gathered that the president also signed the official memorial book of honuor at the Misaki-i Milli Kulesi (National Pact Tower), within the precincts of the mausoleum, and toured the museum.
Buhari wrote: "It is an honour and privilege to visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of a great patriotic, visionary and courageous leader who shaped modern Turkey, during my official working visit to Ankara and the ninth D-8 summit in Istanbul.
“I pay my profound respect to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey and the first President from 1923 until his death in 1938.
“I am pleased with the friendly relations between Turkey and Nigeria, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. I look forward to a more fruitful cooperation between our governments and people in areas of mutual concern and interests, for the benefit of our people."
He later met with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the country's Presidential Palace.
President Buhari was accompanied on the visit with Nigeria's ambassador to Turkey, Iliyasu Paragalda and other senior government officials.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the president, his wife and two children arrived Turkey to attend the D-8 Summit scheduled to hold on Friday, October 20.
The president was received at the Esenboğa International Airport, Ankara, at 6.20 pm by the Nigerian ambassador to Turkey.
The governor of Ankara also joined in receiving President buhari upon his arrival.
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