Breaking: President Buhari to Depart Abuja for Another Official Trip, Lesser Hajj

Breaking: President Buhari to Depart Abuja for Another Official Trip, Lesser Hajj

  • A statement by the presidency says President Buhari will leave on an official visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • According to presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the Nigerian leader is scheduled to participate in an investment conference
  • Shehu on Sunday, October 24, also confirmed that Buhari will perform lesser Hajj in Madina and Makka before returning to Nigeria

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, October 25, depart for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to participate in an investment summit.

This was contained in a statement by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu shared on Facebook by Bashir Ahmad, the personal assistant to the president on new media on Sunday, October 24.

President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari will participate in the investment conference taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
Source: Facebook

Ahmad revealed the president would be attending the 5th edition of the conference organized by the Future Investment Initiative Institute.

Buhari will be joined at three-day event, themed INVESTMENT IN HUMANITY, by business executives from Nigeria, bankers, captains of industry and energy experts to discuss issues on the future of investments across the globe.

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The spokesman noted that Buhari will perform the lesser Hajj in Madina and Makka before returning to the country on Friday, October 29.

Buhari will be accompanied to Saudi Arabia by the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen Babagana Monguno, and minister of state for foreign affairs, Amb Zubairu Dada.

Others in the president's entourage are the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylvaand Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

President Buhari bids goodbye to New York after 76th UNGA

This development is coming almost a month after Buhari returned to the country after a susccessful outing at the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

Buhari’s departure was disclosed by the presidency in a post shared on Facebook by Buhari Sallau, personal assistant on broadcast media.

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The Nigerian leader on Saturday, September 25, left for the JFK International Airport, New York, at 11 am (local time) and is expected to arrive Nigeria on Sunday, September 26.

UN secretary-general gives President Buhari important assignment

Meanwhile, Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations urged Buhari to use his leadership position to ensure stability in West Africa, in terms of democracy and good governance.

According to a statement by the spokesperson to the president, the UN secretary-general said this at a meeting with Buhari on Friday, at the 76th session of the United Nations general assembly (UNGA) taking place in New York.

Adesina added that the president also expressed commitment to supporting the UN “towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.


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