Breaking: President Buhari Returns to Nigeria From France

Breaking: President Buhari Returns to Nigeria From France

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from Paris, France, where he attended the African finance summit.

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PM News reports that the presidential aircraft, conveying the president and some of his aides, landed at the Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 3.52 pm on Thursday, May 20. gathered that while in Paris, the president participated fully in the financing Africa summit, held at Grande Palais Ephemere on Tuesday, May 18, with the theme: External financing and debt treatment.

Breaking: President Buhari returns to Nigeria from France
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from France. Credit: @NGRPresident
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The Nation also reports that the president engaged in various bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit.

Buhari had called on European countries and global financial institutions to consider reducing the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on African economies by restructuring debt portfolios and providing complete debt relief.

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He observed that many African countries were already experiencing debt distress and the debt service suspension by France and the G-20 was not far-reaching enough.

Buhari also stressed the need for more sustainable and affordable financing solutions, including debt relief and further debt restructuring.

He also called for the release of vaccines to Africa which, he said, had been left behind in the protection of the majority of its citizens.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that President Buhari had an interactive session with the Nigerian community in France on Wednesday, May 19.

It was reported that 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.

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The African leaders deliberated on the security and politics of the Horn of Africa, the easternmost region of the continent.

In a related report, 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.

Bashir Ahmad, a presidential media aide, said the summit would have as its main focus a review of the continent's economy in the wake of the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic and possible ways to reduce the debt burden of African countries.


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