Buhari Leaves Abuja for Paris


Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja Friday for Paris, France to participate in the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum taking place from November 11 to 13, 2018.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the event being organised by the French government and a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), is dictated by the “simple idea that international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace.”

Adesina said the president would join the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and other world leaders to discuss contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action.

According to him, Buhari will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918 between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War.

Furthermore, Adesina said the president would attend a luncheon to be hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in honour of visiting heads of delegations.

He added that before returning to Abuja, the president and his delegation would have an interactive session with the Nigerian community in France.

He listed those accompanying Buhari to Paris to include: Governors Aminu Masari, Willie Obiano and Kayode Fayemi of Katsina, Anambra and Ekiti States, respectively.

Others he listed were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.