President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday, February 7; to attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
Shehu stated that President Buhari would join leaders from the 55-member countries of the AU to participate in the Summit with the theme; “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”
“The President will attend the 29th Forum of Heads of State and Government of Participating States of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
“He will also attend the 27th Session of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (AUDA-NEPAD). The meetings will precede the 33rd 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,” he said.
According to him, and equally important, the President on the margins of the Summit will deliver a keynote address at a High-Level Side Event on “Stop the War on Children: Dividend of Silencing the Guns.”
The event is co-sponsored by the Governments of Nigeria, Uganda, as well as Norway; and also Save the Children International.
“President Buhari and the Nigerian delegation will also participate in other High-Level Side Events; in furtherance of Nigeria’s national, regional and international goals, priorities as well as aspirations.
“These include peace and security, countering terrorism and violent extremism, economic development, asset recovery and fight against corruption,” he added.
He further revealed that the President would also hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders on the margins of the Summit.
“At the end of the AU Summit on Feb. 10; the Nigerian President will commence a State Visit to Ethiopia on Feb. 11, at the invitation of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed.
“The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between Nigeria and Ethiopia and reinforcing cooperation; in key areas of mutual interest between the two countries.
“Before returning to Abuja, President Buhari will also interact with the Nigerian Community in Ethiopia,” he said.