President Muhammadu Buhari would on Sunday, May 16, 2021, depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit which would focus on reviewing African economy, following shocks from Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries.
The Summit, to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, would draw major stakeholders in the global finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who would discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.
During the visit, President Buhari would meet with the French President to discuss growing security threats in Sahel and Lake Chad region, political relations, economic ties, climate change and partnership in buoying the health sector, particularly in checking spread of Covid-19, with more research and vaccines.
Before returning to Nigeria, President Buhari would receive some key players in the oil and gas sector, engineering and telecommunications, European Council and European Union Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Commission, and members of the Nigerian community.
The President would be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed; Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; and Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
Also on the trip are: National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mohammed Monguno (rtd), and the Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
However, there have been reports that President Buhari may be attended to by his team of UK based Medical Doctors who have warned that Buhari’s medical condition has worsened.
The Doctor had given the President two options, to resign or be treated for six months during which he will be absent from his desk.
The report had speculated that the President may adjust his visit forward for him to get some medical attention.