ABUJA: NIGERIA President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to leave Abuja later Thursday ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta on Friday. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed the travel plans. Adesina said Buhari and other Heads of State and Government would deliberate on fresh Commonwealth initiatives on development and climate change with a view to adding greater value to ongoing global efforts in these areas.
At the conclusion of the Summit on Sunday, Buhari will leave Malta for Paris where he will present Nigeria’s statement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to open in the French capital on Monday. The President will join over 100 other world leaders at the Leaders Event on the opening day of the conference which will be hosted by President Francois Hollande of France and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon.
Adesina also confirmed that Buhari will participate in a summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic which has been scheduled to take place on December 2 in Paris on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Deliberations at the Paris meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic will focus mainly on the war against Boko Haram and other security issues of common interest to participating countries. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, are expected to accompany Buhari for the trip.