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President Buhari departs Abuja for Commonwealth meeting

Adesola Sulaimon
President Muhammadu Buhari, is set to depart Abuja on Wednesday, to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which is scheduled to hold in Kigali, Rwanda, from June 20 to 26.

The President will join other leaders to discuss on the progress and prosperity of people living in the 54 independent countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific that make up the Commonwealth.

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According to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, president Buhari will be attending the official opening ceremony which will hold on June 24, followed by crucial meetings of Heads of State and Government on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June respectively.

The statement read, “The leaders are expected to consider a range of topical issues including post COVID-19 economic recovery, debt sustainability, climate change, poverty reduction, youth entrepreneurship and employment, trade and food security.

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“Prior to this, the Nigerian delegation drawn from the public, private and youth organisations participated in four forums covering youth, women, business and civil society; and will engage in ministerial meetings and several side events.

“On the margins of the meeting, the Nigerian leader is scheduled to deliver remarks at the High-Level Session of Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit and participate in an Intergenerational Dialogue for Youth

“President Buhari is also expected to hold bilateral talks with some leaders from the Commonwealth countries.

“Ahead of the biennial meeting, which was due to take place in June 2020 but was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Buhari, in an article published in The Telegraph, London, stressed that the Commonwealth can become a real global power with improved collaborations on trade and security, lending weight to each other in international bodies.

“The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami.

“Others in the President’s entourage are the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd) Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NidCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa. The President will return to the country on Sunday, June 26, 2022.”

 

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