The outbreak of Ebola disease in Democratic Republic of Congo is still sending shock waves to regional leaders within the African continent, prompting the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Government of Congo recently declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro in Equateur Province.
The outbreak was announced after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola in the country. Since then the Nigerian government had to adopt precautionary measures at all the border points.
At the State House, Abuja, the two leaders pledged to strengthen ties on health, security, trade and movement of people within the two countries.
Bio said his trip to Nigeria was equally hinged on the need to thank the Nigerian government for various interventions, especially the recent polls in the country.
“Nigeria and Sierra Leone are two sister countries that have enjoyed a great relationship spanning over several years and this relationship has been tested severally.
“I came today to express our country’s gratitude to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for standing by us during our time of need, when we had the civil war. This is my first time in Nigeria after I was elected.
“I am here on this courtesy call to renew our bond of friendship and to see how we can deepen this relationship which is mutually beneficial,” President Bio said.