Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term in the presidential election, ahead of a wide margin of nearly five million votes from his closest rival, former Vice President Atiq Abu Bakr; a win that strengthens relations between Rabat and Abuja amid strong Nigerian opposition that was counterproductive to stand against a decision of Morocco’s accession to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the disruption of the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project.
Nigerian-Nigerian relations were strengthened during the period of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in an unprecedented manner, culminating in the largest gas project in the African continent and the beginning of convergence in the Sahara file and other regional issues.
In the current Nigerian presidential election, Morocco has provided support to President Boukhari through the Tijani corner of Nigeria, close to the kingdom, Nigerian sources said. King Mohammed VI also supported the current Nigerian president during the 2015 presidency by refusing to make a phone call with former Nigerian President.
The Nigerian president’s new mandate and direction towards the West Africa region through the ECOWAS system, and strengthen the Abuja relations with Rabat, is reinforced by another finding related to the discovery of billions of gas meters on the Mauritanian-Senegalese border.
Morocco’s role in these African transformations is pivotal and in line with its new African dimension, which calls for building an integrated economic system, especially on the level of gas projects. Nigerian gas or Mauritanian Senegal can not pass to Europe except through the Kingdom of Morocco, Forget to talk about new gas discoveries in our country.
Today we are facing a geopolitical shift based mainly on gas production and a new model of economic integration between the North and the South, considering that this trend is not in the interest of the State of Algeria, especially on the level of the gas pipeline project between Algeria and Nigeria, prevented him from being brought into being.
With regard to the Moroccan Sahara and the role of Nigeria, the management of this conflict within the Nigerian political scene contradictory is not easy in the presence of trade unions and strong diplomatic ties with South Africa play a significant role in the Algerian-Moroccan conflict.
The gas pipeline between Morocco and Nigeria is set to be officially lowered after Nigerian government authorities announce the launch of the first stage of the first design and engineering work, which is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
The project, which is expected to cost between 15 and 20 billion dollars in large media records after Algeria was upset, especially since it was seeking since 2002 to win the Nigerian gas deal. However, the announcement by the Nigerian government authorities of the start of the first phase of the project has brought attention to this “Moroccan diplomatic victory” again.