President Muhammadu Buhari and President Pedro Sanchez in Madrid, Spain

Russian-Ukraine War: Buhari urges global cooperation to avert imminent food crisis

*President Muhammadu Buhari, in Spain, canvasses a global action against food insecurity in regard to wheat production occasioned by the ongoing Russian-Ukraine war

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the raging war between Russia and Ukraine, President Muhammadu Buhari has solicited for global cooperation among the world economies to avert looming food crisis.

ConsumerConnect reports President Buhari Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Madrid, Spain, at the Royal Palace during an audience with his Royal Majesty King Felipe VI in continuation of his visit to the country.

Grains and foodstuffs

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement noted Buhari said: “The two leaders canvassed a global action to stem the food problem, especially in wheat production occasioned by the ongoing war in Ukraine, urging world leaders to take concrete actions to avert the crisis.”

The presidential aide stated in a separate meeting with President Pedro Sanchez, President Buhari said Nigeria looked forward to increasing bilateral relations between both countries.

The Presidency also said Buhari commended his Spanish counterpart for his leadership qualities and contributions in the war against terror in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Mali, and looked forward to cooperation in this regard.

The two leaders discussed areas of cooperation in which Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed.

President Sanchez was quoted to have stated that as a major partner of Spain in Africa, Nigeria was a country that his people really wanted to have a stronger partnership with going forward.

The Spanish President lauded President Buhari for his leadership roles in Africa, especially in the area of strengthening democratic ideals.

Report also indicates Spain is currently, the largest importer of Nigerian gas and the third-largest importer of Nigerian crude, and with the visit, the two leaders hoped for bigger trade relations.

Following Buhari’s visit, the two leaders endorsed nine Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), including Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters; Transfer of Sentenced Persons; Extradition; Economic and Commercial Cooperation; Tourism.

Others were on Sports; Health; the Fight Against COVID-19; and Science and Innovation.

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