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Buhari departs for Portugal on State Visit, to attend UN Ocean Conference

Buhari eager to leave office

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja today on a state visit to Portugal at the invitation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

Shehu stated that the President would be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

Others are 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) Honorable Abike Dabiri-Orewa.

He explained that President Buhari, who will hold official talks with his Portuguese counterpart, will be conferred with the country’s National Honour and decorated with the ‘Great Collar of the Order of Prince Henry.’

He said the two presidents are expected to chair an enlarged bilateral meeting and witness the signing of some agreements bordering on issues of mutual concern.

Shehu added that President Buhari would also visit the Portuguese Parliament and hold discussions with its President, Dr Augusto Santo Silva, as well as the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa.

He said in the course of the visit, Buhari is scheduled to address a forum of Nigerian and Portuguese businessmen and hold separate meetings with select Portuguese Chief Executive Officers and prospective investors in Nigeria.

According to the statement, the President will also participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference, which began in Lisbon on Monday, June 27, and runs till July 1.

The statement said the conference, co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), aims to accelerate the adoption of science-based innovative solutions to challenges facing oceans and the global marine ecosystem.

Shehu said the President would engage members of the Nigerian community in Portugal on matters affecting them and developments at home, adding that he would return to Abuja on Saturday, July 2.

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