- President Buhari is scheduled to travel to Paris, France on Sunday, May 16, for African Finance Summit
- The Nigerian leader, alongside some of his influential cabinet members, will be in Paris for four days
- During the visit, President Buhari will meet with his French counterpart, Macron, to discuss the security issues in the Sahel region and other important matters
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday, May 16 depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend the African Finance Summit, the presidency has announced.
A statement released on Saturday, May 15, by the presidency which was sighted by Legit.ng on Twitter indicates that the summit will be focused on reviewing the African economy, following the shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The possibility of getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries, will be considered at the summit, Legit.ng learns.
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The summit which will be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France will draw major stakeholders in the global financial institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.
Security crisis to be discussed
During the visit, President Buhari will meet with President Macron to discuss the growing security threats in the Sahel and Lake Chad region.
He will also discuss political relations, economic ties, climate change and partnership in buoying the health sector, particularly in checking the spread of COVID-19, with more research and vaccines.
Before returning to Nigeria, President Buhari will receive some key players in the oil and gas sector, engineering and telecommunications, the European Council and European Union Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Commission, and members of the Nigerian community.
Cabinet members to accompany president
Legit.ng gathers that the president will be accompanied by minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, minister of trade and investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, and minister of health, Dr E. Osagie Ehanire.
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Also on the trip are the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mohammed Monguno (rtd) and the director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
In other news, President Buhari has asked the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and other religious leaders in the country to unite in support of the fight against terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and COVID-19 pandemic.
The president gave the charge on Friday, May 14, in Abuja, the nation's capital.
Malam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, said in a statement that Buhari made the call during a telephone conversation with the Sultan.