Nigeria

President Buhari off to Ethiopia for prime minister’s inauguration

President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja on Sunday for New York to participate in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart for Ethiopia for the inauguration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed second five-year term in office.

In a statement on Saturday, Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the president will leave Abuja on Sunday ahead of the event which holds Monday.

He said Buhari is scheduled to deliver a goodwill message at the inauguration ceremony, after which he will attend a State Banquet in honour of visiting Heads of State and Government.

Adesina said Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

He said the President is expected back in Abuja on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Ahmed secured another term in office following the victory of Ethiopia’s governing Prosperity Party in the country’s parliamentary election of June 21.

In his earlier congratulatory message to the Prime Minister, Buhari had assured that Nigeria will continue to support the unity and territorial well-being of Ethiopia and all African States.

‘‘On behalf of the Nigerian people, I send you and the people of Ethiopia our well wishes for your courage and commitment to the democratic process and urge you to continue with the good policies of your government that endeared you to the people,’’ the President said in his congratulatory message to the Prime Minister.

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