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President Buhari to visit the Netherlands on Sunday, July 15

President Buhari to visit the Netherlands on Sunday, July 15

- Muhammadu Buhari is to highlight his administration’s campaign against corruption during his visit to Netherlands

- The president will attend a dinner hosted by udge Chile Eboe-Osuji, the president of the ICC who is a Nigerian

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday, July 15, depart for the Netherlands to participate in activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), at The Hague.

Femi Adesina, the president’s special Adviser on media and publicity made this known in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, July 14.

According to Adesina, President Buhari is the only world leader invited to deliver a keynote address during the solemn hearing to commemorate the anniversary at Courtroom 1 of the ICC’s headquarters at The Hague, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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He said: “In buttressing Nigeria’s commitment as a member of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, the President, as the current anti-corruption champion for the African Union, will use the global platform to reaffirm Nigeria’s support to the fundamental values of the Rome Statute and to the ideals of the ICC.’’

He said the president would also highlight his administration’s campaign against corruption in Nigeria at the event.

The presidential aide further revealed that, after the event at the courtroom, the president would have a bilateral meeting with the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.

He said that Buhari would also attend a dinner hosted by udge Chile Eboe-Osuji, the president of the ICC who is a Nigerian.

“The Nigerian leader, while in The Hague, will meet with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, to discuss bilateral issues such as migration, peace and security, and economic cooperation.

“The President and his delegation will have a separate roundtable with some Dutch Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of companies based in Nigeria with a view to urging them to expand their investments, especially in agriculture, oil and gas in Nigeria,’’ Adesina added.

He said President Buhari would also tour the Port of Rotterdam and Shell refinery Pernis, Hoogvliet.

According to Adesina, on the margins of the president’s visit, Nigeria and the Netherlands will sign a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultations.

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He revealed that Buhari’s delegation to the Netherlands would include Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo.

Others are the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami; the minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbeh and the minister of state, industry, trade and investment, Aisha Abubakar.

The group managing director, igerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru; and the managing director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman are also on the president’s entourage.

Meanwhile, former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday, July 14, held a closed-door meeting with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

New Telegraph reports that the PDP leaders at the meeting include the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus and Chief Olabode George.

The PDP is believed to have met former president Obasanjo to seek advice on how to achieve victory in the 2019 polls and beat incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.

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