President Muhammadu Buhari would leave Abuja for London, United Kingdom (UK), today. The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, said in a statement yesterday, that Buhari was going on an official visit to Britain.
It is expected that while in London, the President would hold discussions with the British Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May on Nigeria–UK relations. The meeting between the two leaders will come ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April.
The CHOGOM of this year is scheduled to hold between 16th to 20th April, 2018 at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Windsor Castle. The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to foster prosperity, democracy and peace.
The world leaders are expected to meet and reaffirm the organisation’s common values, address the shared global challenges which the different countries face and agree on how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially the young people.
Garba said that the President would also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden, in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15 billion in Nigeria’s oil industry. Garba said:
“These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society.”
According to Garba, President Buhari is also due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, on interreligious harmony in Nigeria and the world. More meetings have been scheduled too for the President to meet with some prominent British and Nigerians living in Britain.
Yesterday, Buhari returned to Abuja after a 3-day private visit to his country home, Daura in Katsina State. Lailasnews.com gathered that the presidential aircraft conveying the president and some of his aides took off from the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina, at about 10.45 a.m, and landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 11.28 a.m.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Muhammed Bello, some security heads and other presidential aides were on ground to welcome the President.