Buhari jets out to Addis Ababa for AU summit


By Ismail Auwal

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday depart Abuja for a four-day trip to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The president will be attending the 35th Ordinary Session of Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government.

This is disclosed in a statement signed by media Adviser, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the president will join other African leaders in finding solutions to political, economic, and social challenges facing the continent, guided by the theme, “Building Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: Strengthen Agriculture, Accelerate the Human Capital, Social and Economic Development.”

President Buhari will hold bilateral meetings with some leaders on the sidelines of the AU meetings, with a shared interest in improving trade relations, collaborating to address security challenges, and maintaining relations with multilateral institutions for long-term development.

The president is accompanied on the trip by Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health; Mohammed Abubakar, Minister of Agriculture; and Sadiya Umar Farouk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.

The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, would also join the president at the AU meetings.

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