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Buhari off to Egypt

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President Muhammadu Buhari has left Nigeria for Egypt to attend the Peace and Development Forum.

Buhari left Abuja on Tuesday (today) for the two-day event that is slated to hold in Aswan, Egypt between December 11 and 12.

The Government of Nigeria announced Buhari’s travel to Egypt in a post on its official Twitter handle – @NigeriaGov.

It said, “Today, President @MBuhari departs Abuja to participate in the Peace and Development Forum in Aswan, Egypt, holding on 11th and 12th December 2019. #PMBinEgypt.”

The Presidency had earlier on Monday hinted that Buhari would at the event address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa as well as to promote Africa-led solutions through strengthening policies and practices.

Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina had said in a statement on Monday that the initiative is being launched by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in his capacity as the chairman of the African Union (AU) and as an advocate of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa – a recurring theme of his tenure as the AU chairman.

He added that the initiative was also “grounded in the AU’s Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, and the search for African solutions to African problems.”

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State governors who travelled with Buhari for the event are Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe.

Others in the list of the entourage are the Minister of Defence, Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd); Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (Rtd); and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

Buhari will return to Nigeria on Friday after the close of the event.

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