President Buhari jets to Gambia
President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia and Bamako, the Malian capital on Friday.
In Banjul, President Buhari, as the Mediator in The Gambia, is scheduled to meet with the country President, Yahya Jammeh and the President-elect, Adama Barrow, to continue dialogue on the political situation in the West African country.
The trip was shifted from Wednesday to Friday.
The President will be joined by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone, and the immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama, who is the co-meditator of The Gambian mission.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, said Buhari will later on Friday travel to Bamako, Mali, to participate in the 27th Africa–France Summit.
The Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence, convened by French President Francois Hollande, is aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and African countries in the areas of peace and security, economic partnership and development.
The statement reads: “Recognising the role played by France in the successes so far recorded in the implementation of the regional initiative against terrorism, President Buhari will reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts on the war against terror and underline the need for improved collaboration to address the menace of terrorism in the region.
“President Buhari will use the opportunity of the summit to underscore the efforts government is making to improve Nigeria’s business environment to attract more foreign direct investment.
“The President will be accompanied by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence.”