President Buhari to depart Nigeria for London on April 9

President Buhari to depart Nigeria for London on April 9

- A statement by the Presidency says Buhari will leave on an official visit to United Kingdom

- President Buhari is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and other prominent people in that country

- The Presidency also confirmed that Buhari will take part in CHOGOM between Wednesday, April 18 and Friday, April 20

The Presidency has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will leave on Monday, April 9 on an official visit to Britain.

A statement by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu says the Nigerian leader is headed to the United Kingdom on an official visit ahead of the Commonwealth Head of Governments meeting (CHOGOM).

The statement read: "President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday 9th April, 2018 for an official visit to Britain where he is due to hold discussions on Nigeria – British relations with Prime Minister Mrs Theresa May, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April, 2018.

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"The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15b in Nigeria’s oil industry. These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society.

"President Buhari is due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the President on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and World-wide.

"Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain."

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Personal Assistant to Buhari on media Bashir Ahmad also tweeted that the president will depart Nigeria for London on Monday.

He tweeted: had earlier reported that a presidency source confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari would leave Nigeria for London on Monday, April 9, to commence his annual leave.

According to the source, President Buhari is leaving early to enable him rest before participating in the 25th commonwealth heads of government meeting, also known as CHOGM 2018, to be held at the Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, and Windsor Castle.

But the latest statement by the Presidency did not mention an annual leave even though the dates match.

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