JUST IN: Buhari departs Abuja for Spain
NEWS DIGEST – President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja for the capital of Spain, Madrid, on a three-day State visit, his first to the country since he became President.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the visit to Spain is on the invitation of the Spanish President, Pedro Sanchez.
He will also, during the visit, meet with the Head of State of the Spanish nation, His Majesty King Felipe VI.
While in Spain, Buhari, who will be embarking on the journey with some senior government officials, will be engaging in diplomatic exercises, which are targeted at enhancing Nigeria’s interest.
“During his engagements with both leaders, the Nigerian President will discuss issues of mutual interest to both countries, which will expectedly result in the signing of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding on a wide range of topics, geared towards further enhancing the bilateral relations between the two nations.
“Such areas include: Extradition and transfer of convicted persons, Mutual Legal Assistance, Cultural Matters, Cooperation towards fighting crime and enhancing security, as well as issues affecting dependants of diplomatic staff.
“Also on the agenda are Cooperation on Energy, Trade and Investment, Transportation, Public Health and Sports Development.
“The President will also be the Special Guest at an Investment Forum jointly organized by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Trade, and the Confederation of Employers (CEOE), where he will speak to the gathering of top members of the Spanish business community and their Nigerian counterparts on the investment opportunities in Nigeria and ways of expanding the volume of trade as well as further collaborating for the development of the economies of both countries,” the statement reads.
President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare; and the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora.
Other members of the delegation are the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; and Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The President is expected back in the country on Friday, June 3.