The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and First Lady Aisha Buhari on Thursday departed Abuja to participate in the African Union Extra-ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, with a special focus on security.
Buhari’s departure is coming just a few days before the All Progressives Congress’ Special Convention for the Presidential Primary scheduled for Sunday, 29th – Monday, 30th of May, 2022.
Premium Politics, citing a statement signed by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, reports that the President’s Chopper lifted off from the State House helipad at about 03:30 pm for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Buhari will join other Heads of State and Government to deliberate on Humanitarian Challenges, Hopes and Challenges in Africa, and participate in the adoption of the Assembly Declaration on Humanitarian Summit and pledging conference.
The Statement titled ‘President Buhari attends AU Extra-ordinary summit in Malabo’ revealed that the three-day summit, which will hold on May 26th-28th, will also focus on Humanitarian Challenges in Africa, with related issues on migration, refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons.
At the summit, the African leaders will consider Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government, with attendant spiralling effects on human rights and economies.
On security and governance, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union will take a united position on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government, and reach agreements on new approaches to stem the tide.
Buhari will also hold sideline meetings with some leaders during the meeting in Malabo.
Accompanying the President is his wife, Aisha, who is the President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission.
The President will also be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd); Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar and Chairman, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
He is expected back to Abuja on Saturday, ahead of the All Progressives Congress presidential primary elections holding on Sunday into Monday.