Buhari Leaves Nigeria For Guinea Bissau Today

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Buhari will be leaving Nigeria for Guinea Bissau today to attend ceremonies celebrating the National Day of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, September 24.

Buhari will join other Heads of State and Government of Senegal, Cote d’ Ivoire, Rwanda, Mauritania, Togo and Liberia to mark the 47th anniversary of Guinea Bissau.

In Bissau, President Buhari will also commission a named in his honour by the host government.

The Nigerian leader and other invited Heads of State will attend an official lunch hosted by President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau.

Nigeria and Guinea Bissau established diplomatic in 1974.

Following a coup in that country, Nigeria in 2012 deployed under the auspices of ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) to maintain peace.

President Buhari had in response to a request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau, during its last legislative elections, donated $500,000 dollars, 17 vehicles and 350 kits to support the country’ process.

In May this year, the President received President Embalo in Abuja, during which the Nigerian leader congratulated him on his confirmation as President, assuring him of Nigeria’ support to the new government in Guinea Bissau.

The Nigerian were only withdrawn on September 10, 2020 after the return of stability to the West African country.

The President will be accompanied by government officials including the Minister of Affairs, , the Minister of Defence, -General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), the National Security Adviser, -General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar,

President Buhari will return to Abuja at the end of the ceremonies on Thursday.