President Buhari departs Daura for Washington DC ahead of US-Africa Leader’s summit

President Muhammadu Buhari this afternoon departed his hometown Daura, Katsina State for Washington DC ahead of US-Africa Leader’s Summit scheduled to hold on December 13 and 15.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the high-level meeting, which holds between December 13 and 15, is at the instance of the United States President, Joe Biden.

The statement quoted President Biden as saying he looked forward to “working with African governments, civil society, diaspora communities across the United States, and the private sector to continue strengthening our shared vision for the future of US-Africa relations.”

It reads: “The event is expected to demonstrate the United States’ enduring commitment to Africa, and underscore the importance of US-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities.

“The Summit further seeks more pragmatic ways to: foster new economic engagement; advance peace, security, and good governance; reinforce commitment to democracy, human rights, and civil society; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health security; promote food security; respond to the climate crisis; amplify diaspora ties; and promote education and youth leadership.

In the president’s entourage were Bala Mohammed and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, governors of Bauchi and Kwara, respectively, as well as some ministers and other top government officials.

They are expected back in the country on December 18.

Staff Writer

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