Nigeria: Hassan & Muhammadu discuss on ways of tackling Al Shabaab & Boko Haram

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud has met the newly-elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who took over power on Friday from the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.

Both leaders met after the inauguration ceremony that was held in Abuja and attended by delegates from around the world.

According to a statement from the office of Somali President, discussions mainly concerned on ways of strengthening the bilateral relations which was re-established soon.

‘’Somalia and Nigeria have many similarities; part of them are Al Shabaab and Boko Haram who have same ideologies and committed atrocities against humanity. Both governments will jointly counter them,’’ read the statement.

The new Nigerian President is expected to pay a visit to Somalia, on a move to enhance the diplomatic relations, added the office of Somali Presidency press release.

In his speech during the swearing-in Ceremony, Mr Buhari vowed to fight against the radical extremists Boko Haram who have links with the so-called Islamic state (IS).

In 2013, Nigeria appointed Mr Akin Oyateru an ambassador to Somalia and his credentials was approved by President Mohamoud after receiving him in Mogadishu.

Since the collapse of the central government of Somalia, Nigeria has been taking part in efforts to bring back stability to the Horn of Africa nation. In 2012, it provided contributed 140 police officers and other resources to African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM.