- Apart from the African finance summit, President Buhari attended to other critical issues in Paris
- The Nigerian leader had a meeting with fellow citizens in Paris on Wednesday, May 19
- Buhari also met with the president of Ethiopia, Sahle Work Zewde, on security and political concerns in the Horn of Africa
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President Muhammadu Buhari had an interactive session with the Nigerian community in France on Wednesday, May 19.
The meeting was moderated by the chairperson of Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The Nigerian leader on Wednesday also had a talk with the president of Ethiopia, Sahle Work Zewde.
The African leaders deliberated on the security and politics of the Horn of Africa, the easternmost region of the continent.
Meanwhile, Lauretta Onochie, a media aide to President Buhari, had reacted to unconfirmed reports that the African Finance Summit scheduled to be convened in Paris had been postponed.
Via her verified Twitter page on Wednesday, May 19, Onochie dismissed the unconfirmed claims as false news propagated by some ill-minded persons in Nigeria and Ghana.
To prove her position, the presidential media aide shared a photo of the president with the current director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwunmi Adesina in France.
"Bitter and angry birds from Nigeria and Ghana said the meeting was postponed.
"Here, @MBuhari, DG World Trade Organisation @NOIweala and African Development Bank President @akin_adesina at the Financing Africa Summit in Paris."
Earlier, Buhari on Sunday, May 16, departed Nigeria for France ahead of the African finance summit expected to take place in the nation's capital, Paris.
According to Bashir Ahmad, a presidential media aide, the summit would have as its main focus a review of the continent's economy in the wake of the resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic and possible ways to reduce the debt burden of African countries.