President Buhari to depart Abuja for AU summit in Ethiopia


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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday, February 7, join leaders from the 55-member countries of the African Union to participate in the thirty-third (33rd) ordinary session of heads of state and government in Addis Ababa,  Ethiopia.

Buhari’s scheduled trip was disclosed by Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant in a statement on Thursday, evening, February 6.

The statement read: “The President will attend the 29th Forum of Heads of State and Government of Participating States of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the 27th Session of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (AUDA-NEPAD.”

President Buhari will also participate in the High-Level meeting of the peace and security council on the situation in the Sahel and Libya, and high-level ad-hoc committee on South Sudan.

The president is expected to deliver a keynote address at a high-level side event on “Stop the War on Children: Dividend of Silencing the Guns.”

The presidency stated that the event is co-sponsored by the Nigerian governments, Uganda and Norway, and Save the Children International.

According to the statement, “President Buhari and the Nigerian delegation will also participate in other High-Level Side Events in furtherance of Nigeria’s national, regional and international goals, priorities and aspirations namely, peace and security, countering terrorism and violent extremism, economic development, asset recovery and fight against corruption.”

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