- President MuhammBuhari has left Nigeria for France
- The Nigerian leader departed the country in the afternoon of Sunday, May 16
- Buhari is expected to attend the African Finance Summit in Paris, France's capital
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, May 16, departed Nigeria for France ahead of the African finance summit which is expected to take place in the nation's capital, Paris.
According to Bashir Ahmad, a presidential media aide, the summit will have as its main focus a review of the continent's economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and possible ways to reduce the debt burden of African countries.
Ahmad and his colleague, Lauretta Onochie, shared photos of their principal's last moments in Nigeria before he left for the European nation.
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 gathered.
The summit which would be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France will draw major stakeholders in the global financial institutions and some Heads of Government, who would, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.
During the visit, President Buhari will meet with President Macron to discuss the growing security threats in the Sahel and Lake Chad region.
He would 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 would 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.