Breaking: President Buhari Travels To Lisbon, Portugal

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday (today), depart the shores of Abuja, Nigeria on a four-day official visit to Lisbon, Portugal.

This development was confirmed in a statement by the President’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu. This is coming two days after President Buhari returned from Kigali in Rwanda, after attending the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). According to Shehu, President Buhari during the visit, will hold official talks with his Portuguese counterpart and will be conferred with the country’s National Honour and decorated with ‘Great Collar of the Order of Prince Henry. The two Presidents are expected to chair an enlarged bilateral meeting and witness the signing of some agreements bordering on issues of mutual concern. He will also participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference. According to the statement, “President Buhari will also visit the Portuguese Parliament and hold discussions with its president, Dr Augusto Santo Silva, as well as the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa. “In the course of the visit, the President is scheduled to address a Forum of Nigerian and Portuguese businessmen and hold separate meetings with select Portuguese Chief Executive Officers and prospective investors to Nigeria. “President Buhari will also participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference, which began in Lisbon on Monday, June 27, and runs till July 1. “The Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), aims to accelerate the adoption of science-based innovative solutions to challenges facing oceans and the global marine ecosystem. “The Nigerian leader is also expected to engage members of the Nigerian community in Portugal on matters affecting them and developments at home.” The President will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and Minister ofCommunication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami. Others on his entourage include 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) Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa. Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Saturday, July 2.

This article was originally published on Naija News

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