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Malawi grants Nigeria's Jonathan Freedom of the City

Goodluck JonathanLILONGWE--Visiting Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan who is in Malawi for a two-day state visit has been granted freedom of the city in the capital Lilongwe.

The leader from the oil-rich Western African country is now holding talks with Pres Joyce Banda on a number of issues of interest at the New State House. The two leaders will later travel 22km to Chitedze on the Malawi-Zambia border to launch a cassava project.

Pres Jonathan will later open a business forum before addressing Nigerians living in Malawi. In the evening the two presidents will sign bilateral agreements before holding a joint press conference.

Speaking to reporters on arrival about his visit, the Nigerian leader said it was important for him to come to Malawi after Pres Banda visited Nigeria - in April and July - since assuming power.

“Your President has visited us two times after taking office, the very last time was when she came as a special guest when my wife hosted all African First Ladies and we feel Malawi and Nigeria need to have a robust relationship.

“Even the late president [Bingu wa Mutharika] visited us not long before he passed on, it was quite unfortunate, and since then I have not been able to come so we decided that I have to come this time for two days visit,” said Jonathan one of Africa’s most powerful leaders.

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