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Buhari departs for OIC summit in Saudi Arabia

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday departed Abuja to attend the Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia few hours after inauguration into the office for a second term.

Buhari’s visit follows an invitation by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Garba Shehu, the spokesperson to the president, tweeted: “President  Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja to attend the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.”

The 14th session of the Summit Conference of the OIC, scheduled to hold on Friday will be hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by heads of state and governments of member states.

President Buhari is expected to address the forum and underscore the need for member countries to unite and work together to combat common challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism.

In addition, he would push forward themes that have been at the forefront of his domestic and international priorities, including reviving the Lake Chad Basin, investing in Nigeria to create jobs and financing for development.

President Buhari, who is expected to return to the country on June 2nd, will be accompanied by Governors Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State.

President Buhari is the third Nigerian leader to attend the OIC conference in person, after Goodluck Jonathan and the late Umaru Yar’Adua.

 

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