Tinubu accompanies Buhari to EU-AU summit in Abidjan

Dec 01, 2017, 01:31
Tinubu accompanies Buhari to EU-AU summit in Abidjan

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why he chose to travel to Abijan, Ivory Coast in company of some state governors.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, had earlier issued a statement, in which he said his principal would participate in working sessions on the summit theme: "Investing in Youth for Sustainable Development".

Also on the president's trip were Governors Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom State) and Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi State) as well as some ministers.

This summit, which will be marked by the participation of more than 5300 delegates, will also see the participation of 83 heads of State and government representing 55 African countries and 28 European countries, as well as delegations of the invited countries, of AU Commission, EU Commission as well as global, regional and sub-regional organizations.

President Buhari departs Abuja for Abidjan
President Buhari departs Abuja for Abidjan

The president arrived late to an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Cote d'Ivoire Tuesday night and said he had to wait for the two governors to accompany him to the meeting due to their electoral value.

Buhari will be accompanied to Jordan by the governors of Kogi, Osun and Niger states; the ministers of Defence, Education, Foreign Affairs; the National Security Adviser, and the Acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency.

He said, "First, I want to apologise for keeping you for too long sitting, this is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting. I'm very pleased that they were able to turn up", Mr. Buhari said to thunderous laughter and clapping by the audience.