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JUST IN: Buhari Arrives In Addis Ababa For AU Summit


President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Ethiopia for the thirty third Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

The President’s plane touched down in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital metropolis on Friday night hours after he left Abuja.

He was obtained by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the North African nation, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, amongst others.

Earlier, the Presidency in a press release stated President Buhari could be with different leaders from the 55-country organisation for the AU Summit with the theme, “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”

During the summit, the Nigerian chief would participate within the twenty ninth Forum of Heads of State and Government of Participating States of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the twenty seventh Session of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (AUDA-NEPAD).

The conferences, in keeping with the assertion, will precede the thirty third Ordinary Session of the Assembly.

“In Nigeria’s capacity as a member of the AU Peace and Security Council, President Buhari will participate in the High-Level meeting of the Peace and Security Council on the situation in the Sahel and Libya, and High-Level Ad-Hoc Committee on South Sudan,” his spokesman Garba Shehu stated.

On the margins of the summit, the President would ship a keynote speech at a High-Level Side Event on “Stop the War on Children: Dividend of Silencing the Guns.”

He would additionally maintain bilateral conferences with a number of leaders and start a state go to to Ethiopia on February 11, on the invitation of Mr Ahmed.

President Buhari travelled to Ethiopia in firm with Governors Ben Ayade and Hope Uzodinma of Cross River and Imo States.

The chairmen of the Committees on Foreign Affairs within the Senate and House of Representatives, Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa and Yusuf Baba, had been additionally a part of the leaders accompanying the President.

Ministers on his entourage are Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs), Hadi Sirika (Aviation), Niyi Adebayo (Industry, Trade, and Investment), Retired Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Defence), and Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture).

Other authorities officers are the National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Major-General Babagana Monguno; the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar; and the National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD (Nigeria), Gloria Akobundu.

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