(Nigeria)—Nigerian President Goodluck JonathanTeresa Neumann (Nov 5, 2013)

“You are a most distinguished pilgrim. The relations between Nigeria and Israel are close and long-standing. They are based upon friendship and the shared values of freedom, democracy and faith. Nigeria and Israel have been steadfast partners in combating terror groups… Terrorists all over the world are united in their attempt to destroy hope and unity. Those of us who seek peace and freedom must be united in order to defend our common front.” -Israeli President, Shimon Peres

(Nigeria)—Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the first Nigerian to reportedly ever to visit Israel, has begun bringing 30,000 Christians on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. (Photo: World Economic Forum/Wikimedia Commons)

Not only that, but Breaking Israel News reports that Jonathan is also signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Nigeria and Israel, making them allies united in the global war on terror.

A report in AllAfrica quotes the Nigerian president as having said, “I seek the cooperation of your country to confront the security threat from terrorist groups that my country is now facing. There is no doubt that Israel has had decades of experience in combating terrorism.”

“My administration will also welcome the greater deployment of Israel’s renowned expertise in furtherance of Nigeria’s agenda for national transformation in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, electric power supply, and the management of water resources.”

While in Jerusalem, President Jonathan reportedly visited the Holocaust Memorial as well, laying a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance and lighting a candle in honor of the dead.

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