Buhari to leave Nigeria for emergency ECOWAS Summit


President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to fly out of Abuja on Sunday for Accra, Ghana, where he will attend an emergency Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS.

The summit has been convened to discuss recent political developments in Mali.

A statement issued by Buhari’s Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, noted the meeting was at the instance of the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS and President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.

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It read: “As the situation in Mali continues to evolve, Nigeria had condemned the May 24 military coup, the subsequent detention of the president and prime minister by soldiers, and called for the immediate and unconditional release of all civilian officials detained.”

President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adebayo, and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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