Buhari off to Ethiopia Monday

By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to leave Abuja for Addis Ababa, for the second term inauguration of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, which is scheduled to hold on Monday.

This was disclosed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Saturday in Abuja.

The President, who will depart Abuja for the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, is scheduled to deliver a goodwill message at the inauguration ceremony.

After that, he will attend a State Banquet in honour of visiting Heads of State and Government.

Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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He is expected back in Abuja on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Ahmed secured another term in office following the victory of Ethiopia’s governing Prosperity Party in the parliamentary election on June 21.

In his congratulatory message to the Prime Minister, Buhari had assured that Nigeria will continue to support the unity and territorial well-being of Ethiopia and all African States.

‘‘On behalf of the Nigerian people, I send you and the people of Ethiopia our well wishes for your courage and commitment to the democratic process and urge you to continue with the good policies of your government that endeared you to the people,’’ the President said.

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