President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja on Thursday to attend the African Union (AU) Extraordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government scheduled to hold in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 26th to 28th May 2022. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu which stated that the Summit has a special focus on security.
According to the statement, the three-day summit will also focus on Humanitarian Challenges, Hopes, and Challenges in Africa, with related issues on migration, refugees, returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
African leaders attending the Summit are expected to take a united position on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government, and also sign agreements on the adoption of new procedures to curb the tide.
President Buhari will also hold other meetings with some leaders and is accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who is the current President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission.
The President was also accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd.) and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
Others include the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd.); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar and the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabir-Erewa.
President Buhari is expected to return to Abuja on Saturday, ahead of the presidential primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled to hold on Sunday, 29th May, and Monday, 30th May 2022.