- For the second time in 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari has left the country
- This time, his destination in Ethiopia for the African Union (AU) summit
- President Buhari departed Abuja with at least two state governors, some senators and ministers
As African leaders whose countries are members of the African Union (AU), prepare for the forthcoming summit, President Muhammadu Buhari has left Abuja for the high-profile conference.
The summit is the 33rd ordinary session of African leaders on the platform to be held in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
President Buhari left for the gathering on Friday, February 7, alongside state governors like Hope Uzodinma of Imo and Ben Ayade of Cross River.
Others in the president's entourage are some senators and top officials in the ministry of foreign affairs including Geoffrey Onyeama.
Also included in the list are National Security Adviser (NSA) Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
On the sidelines of the summit with is themed Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development, the president is to deliver a speech on Stop the War on Children: Dividend of Silencing the Guns.
President Buhari will also take part in the 29th forum of heads of state for talks on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
Moreover, he is also expected to meet with international personalities at the 27th session of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation committee (AUDA-NEPAD).
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, “The president will also hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders on the margins of the summit.
“At the end of the AU summit on February 10, the Nigerian president will commence a state visit to Ethiopia on February 11, at the invitation of the Ethiopian prime minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari had departed Nigeria for London to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa investment summit hosted by the new British prime minister, Boris Johnson.
The summit is scheduled to hold on Monday, January 20 and will provide Nigeria with the opportunity to project itself as a leading investment destination for new industries.
The event was expected to bring together African leaders, international business chief executives and heads of international organisations with a view to creating new partnerships that would deliver more investments and jobs to the benefit of people and businesses in African countries and the United Kingdom.
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