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Monday, 17 December 2018

BREAKING: President Buhari visits Niger Republic on Tuesday

BREAKING: President Buhari visits Niger Republic on Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Zinder, Niger Republic , on Tuesday .

The Presidency, in a statement on Monday, said Buhari would use the one – day official trip to “ participate in the programme of activities marking the 60th anniversary of the formal Proclamation of the Republic of Niger .”

The statement , which was released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Mr . Femi Adesina , reads in part , “ At the invitation of President Mahamadou Issoufou , President Buhari will join fellow West African leaders as Special Guest of Honour as Nigeria ’s northern neighbour commemorates December 18, 1958, the date of its founding as a Republic and the creation of the Presidency even before it gained complete Independence from France on August 3 , 1960.

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“ The participation of the Nigerian leader is in furtherance of the deep historical and cultural relations between the governments and peoples of both friendly nations.

“ Activities lined up for the celebrations in the ancient south- central town and former capital of Niger which lies 240 km north of Kano , include military parade , cultural and artistic displays.

“ President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Mohammed Badaru Abubakar , Nasir Ahmad el – Rufai and Adegboyega Oyetola of Jigawa, Kaduna and Osun States, respectively.

“ Also on the delegation is the Minister of State , Foreign Affairs , Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim .”

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