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The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has conferred honorary citizenship of Abuja on the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and presented him with the key to the City of Abuja.

The Minister made this conferment on Tuesday night at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, while receiving the visiting President who is on a 3-Day state visit to Nigeria.

The Minister, who welcomed the Turkish leader to the City, described Abuja as the symbol of national unity of the country.

Malam Bello remarked that the key to the City of Abuja confers on him the Honorary Citizenship of Abuja, with all the rights and privileges.

He emphasized that this honour has been bestowed on the visiting President as a mark of respect for the strong friendship and cordial relationship between the people of Nigeria and Turkey.

Responding, the Turkish President, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who led a 210-member strong delegation of Turkish Government officials and people to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, appreciated the honour done to him.

The President reiterated that Nigeria and the Republic of Turkey have long standing diplomatic relationship that should be further strengthened for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

According to him, they are in Nigeria to have audience with the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The visiting President also presented a Turkish souvenir to the Minister at the occasion on behalf of his country.

Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCAI

Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary,

Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

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