Buhari Departs Nigeria For Malabo, As AU Summit Commences


President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for the capital of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo, where he would take part in the African Union (AU) Extra-ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the summit would specifically be focused on security.

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, who is the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission, was accompanying her husband to the African Union meeting.

The statement disclosed that, the three-days summit, which would hold on May 26th-28th, would also focus on Humanitarian Challenges in Africa, with related issues on migration, refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons.

The statement further referenced on security and governance, noting that, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union would take a united position on terrorism and unconstitutional change of government, and reach agreements on new approaches to stem the tide.

However, Buhari would also hold sideline meetings with some leaders during the meeting in Malabo.

The President was also accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd); Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and Chairman, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

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