A Nigerian delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama visited Freetown, after a devastating mudslide and flood which has caused that death of about 500 persons, with 600 still missing, befell Sierra Leone.
The delegation delivered relief materials and the sum of $1millon dollars to those affected.
Sierra Leone’s President, Ernest Koroma, thanked Buhari for his concern and support at this present period of Sierra Leone’s tragedy over mudslide and flood.
“I thank my colleague and brother, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has sent you to make donations and support to us at this present moment.”
He extolled the spirit of African brotherliness expressed towards his country by President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians.
“He was one of the first Heads of State that called to sympathize with us”.
President Koroma expressed joy over President Buhari’s return to Nigeria and prayed God to continue to help both countries to continue to develop their strong friendship.
He noted that Nigeria and Sierra Leone have come a long way and would continue to work together for the interest of both countries.
Also, Nigerian Philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, has donated 500,000 dollars (200 million naira) to Sierra Leone. Elumelu made this donation after a visit on Wednesday with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“I was deeply moved by what I witnessed today and have therefore donated $500,000 towards the rehabilitation & recovery efforts,” Elumelu said via his Twitter handle.
Nigeria has always played the big brother to Sierra Leone and this has always been acknowledged by the Sierra Leonean Government. Sheku Kamara, who is the country’s Presidential Adviser on Youth has said Nigeria is the best example for Africa. Mr. Kamara stated that his government had to send a delegation to Nigeria to study the 44 years of existence of the NYSC which it copies in its own NYS which is just a year old.