President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday to attend the Thirty-third (33rd) Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to a Press release signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President.
President Buhari is expected to join leaders of the 55-member countries of the African Union at the Summit with the theme, “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”
While in Ethiopia, 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 will deliver a keynote address at a High Level Side Event on “Stop the War on Children: Dividend of Silencing the Guns,” an event co-sponsored by the Governments of Nigeria, Uganda and Norway, and Save the Children International.
Aside the President, the Nigerian delegation will include; Newly sworn in Governor of Imo, Hope Uzodinma; Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State; Senator Adamu Mohammed Bulkachuwa, Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Hon. Yusuf Baba, Chairman House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Others are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Minister of Defence, Major-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd); Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Nigeria.
Also on the President’s entourage are, the National Security Adviser, Major-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd), and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
President Buhari who will also meet with the Nigerian community in Ethiopia, is expected back in Abuja on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.