8 things Buhari will do in Addis Ababa

President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja today for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Below are eight things the president will do in the course of the visit.

1. Attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He will 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.”

2. Attend the 29th Forum of Heads of State and Government of Participating States of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and 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.

3. As a member of the AU Peace and Security Council, President Buhari will also 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.

4. Deliver a keynote address at a High Level Side Event on “Stop the War on Children: Dividend of Silencing the Guns.” The event, on the margins of the Summit, is co-sponsored by the Governments of Nigeria, Uganda and Norway, and Save the Children International.

5. Participate in other High Level Side Events in furtherance of Nigeria’s national, regional and international goals, priorities and aspirations namely, peace and security, countering terrorism and violent extremism, economic development, asset recovery and fight against corruption.

6. Hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders on the margins of the Summit.

7. Commence a State Visit to Ethiopia on February 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.

8. Interact with the Nigerian Community in Ethiopia.

The president is expected back in Nigeria on Wednesday, February 12.

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