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President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday departed Nigeria for Egypt.
The President’s departure was disclosed on the verified Twitter handle of the Government of Nigeria.
“Today, President @MBuhari departs Abuja to participate in the Peace and Development Forum in Aswan, Egypt holding on 11th and 12th December 2019. #PMBinEgypt.,” the tweet reads.
DAILY POST had earlier reported Buhari’s planned trip where he would address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa while promoting Africa-led solutions through strengthening policies and practices.
A statement by Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina had said: “The initiative is being launched by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in his capacity as the Chairman of the African Union (AU) and as an advocate of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa – a recurring theme of his tenure as the AU Chairman. It is also grounded in the AU’s Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, and the search for African solutions to African problems.
“The gathering is expected to bring together heads of state and government, leaders from regional and international organizations, financial institutions, private sector, and civil societies as well as scholars, visionaries and prominent experts for action-oriented discussions on the threats, challenges, and opportunities.
“It is also expected to end with a Declaration on the theme of the Forum and become an annual event.
“Recall that the Speaker of Egypt’s House of Representatives, Ali Abdel Aal had delivered President el-Sisi’s message to President Buhari in Abuja on October 28, 2019 inviting him to the inaugural Aswan Forum.”
Adesina added that, “The President will be accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
“Others are Minister of Defence, Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd); Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (Rtd); and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.”
President Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Friday.