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Buhari departs Nigeria for Niger Republic


President Buhari this afternoon November 24, departed Abuja for Niger Republic where he will be attending an African Union (AU) summit.

 A statement released by Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, says the President will attend the ''African Union Summit on Industrialisation and Economic Diversification, as well as the Extraordinary Session on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA),” the statement reads.

 “The President will also attend the launching of French version of the Book entitled ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, as well as inaugurate the ‘Muhammadu Buhari Boulevard’, named after him by the Government of the Republic of Niger.

The naming of the Boulevard and launch of the French version of the Book, written by John Paden, a Professor of International Studies at George Mason University, northern Virginia, United States, on Thursday precedes the AU Summit on Friday, November 25, 2022.

President Buhari is expected to deliver his National Statement at the African Union Summit on Industrialisation and Economic Diversification, meeting under the theme ‘Industrialising Africa: Renewed commitment towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Economic Diversification’.

The High-Level Summit, being convened as part of the Africa Industrialisation Week annual commemorative activities, is expected to adopt a Declaration, highlighting the importance of industrialisation and economic transformation in the continent and how to make progress in that regard.

Amongst the entourage of the President include Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs; Bashir Magashi, minister of defense; Adeniyi Adebayo, minister of industry, trade and investment; Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance; Babagana Monguno, national security adviser; and Ahmed Abubakar, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency.

 President Buhari is expected back in the country on Friday, November 25.

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