President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday in order to attend Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s inauguration for a second five-year term in office in Addis Ababa on Monday.
President Buhari will offer a goodwill message during the inauguration event, according to Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, who made the announcement in a statement on Saturday.
President Buhari would thereafter attend a State Banquet in honor of visiting Heads of State and Government, according to Adesina.
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The president is due to return to the country on Tuesday, October 5, according to the statement.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, are expected to join the president.
“President Buhari, who will left Abuja for Addis Ababa, Ethiopian capital, on Sunday, is slated to give a goodwill message during the inauguration ceremony,” the statement said in part.
“On Tuesday, he is expected back in Abuja.
Following the success of Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party in the parliamentary election in June 2021, Prime Minister Ahmed was re-elected for a second term.