Buhari heading to France to attend the African finance summit


President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday, May 16, 2021, leave Abuja for France to attend the African finance summit.

The summit is organized by French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, as well as private sector reforms.

During the four-day trip, Buhari will also meet with Macron, President of France.

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According to President Buhari’s media aide, Ahmad Bashir, the summit “will be focused on reviewing African economy, following shocks from COVID-19 pandemic, and getting relief, esp. from increased debt burden on countries.”

Those expected to be in the entourage of the president are the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed; minister of trade and investment, Niyi Adebayo; and minister of health, Osagie Ehanire.

Babagana Monguno, national security adviser, and Ahmed Abubakar, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) are also expected to be part of the trip.

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