Buhari attends AU meeting in Equatorial Guinea


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday left Abuja for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to attend the African Union Extra-ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, who disclosed this in a statement, said the three-day summit slated to hold from May 26 to 28 would also focus on Humanitarian Challenges in Africa, with related issues on migration, refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The statement read: “The African leaders will look at Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government, with attendant spiralling effects on human rights and economies.

“President Buhari will join other Heads of State and Government to deliberate on Humanitarian Challenges, Hopes, and Challenges in Africa, and participate in the adoption of the Assembly Declaration on Humanitarian Summit and pledging conference.



“On security and governance, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union will take a united position on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government, and reach agreements on new approaches to stem the tide.

”President Buhari will also hold meetings with some leaders during the meeting in Malabo.”

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The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, who is the President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, will accompany the President to the AU meeting.

Also on the President’s entourage are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (retd), and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

Others are the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd), Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i and Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa.