The president’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, who is on the president’s entourage to China, confirmed this on his twitter handle on Saturday. He wrote;
“President Muhammadu Buhari arrives in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China — Africa Cooperation (FOCAC2018).”
Buhari was accompanied to Beijing by his wife, Aisha, who is scheduled to participate in a spouses’ programme on China-Africa at the Great Hall of the People, with the theme: ‘‘Joining Hands for a Future of AIDS.’’
Also on the president’s entourage are four governors and four senators.
Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, Minister of Water Resource, Suleiman Adamu, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and Minister of State, Aviation Hadi Sirika.
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar and the Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, will also attend the summit.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari left Abuja on Friday for the summit after receiving the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
During the bilateral meeting between Nigeria and Germany, Buhari reiterated his administration’s position to always upholding the sanctity of the rule of law in governing the country, while assuring Merkel that all agreements would be fully respected.
The president maintained that unity and harmony in every society could only be preserved by observing the rule of law, ensuring her that agreements reached in good faith would be followed for mutual benefit of countries.
A statement earlier issued on Aug. 30 in Abuja by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said that Buhari would participate in the summit scheduled to hold between Sept. 3 and Sept.4.
He said that before the formal opening of the summit, Buhari, in his capacity as the Chair of ECOWAS, would deliver remarks at the high-level dialogue among Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs.
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