President Buhari is leaving FCT, Abuja for London, United Kingdom (UK), today. Mallam Garba Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President. He revealed this in a statement that he made yesterday, that President Buhari was embarking on an official visit to London.
It is expected that while he is in London, the President would likely hold discussions with Mrs. Theresa May the British Prime Minister, on Nigeria–UK relations. The meeting between the two leaders is going to come ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings that have been scheduled for 18th to 20th April.
The CHOGOM of this year is going to hold between 16th to 20th April 2018 at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Windsor Castle. The Commonwealth comprises several communities of 53 countries that come together to promote prosperity, peace, and democracy.
The world leaders are being expected to meet and reaffirm the organization’s common values, and also address the shared global challenges which the various countries are going to face and agree on how they will work together to create a pleasant future for all citizens, especially the young people.
Garba revealed that President Buhari would also meet Mr. Ben van Beurden, the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, in affiliation with Shell and other partners’ plan in order to invest $15 billion in Nigeria’s oil industry.
“These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society.”
According to Garba Shehu, President Buhari is also due to renew his discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, on interreligious unity in Nigeria and the world. More meetings have also been scheduled too for President Buhari to meet with some notable British and Nigerians that are living in Britain.
Yesterday, President Buhari has returned to Abuja after a 3-day official visit to his country home, Daura in Katsina State. A reliable source gathered that the presidential aircraft that carried President Buhari and some of his aides took off from the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina State, at about 10.45 a.m, and it landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 11.28 a.m.