By Concise News Correspondents
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is to visit Banjul and Bamako, the capital cities of The Gambia and Mali between January 13 and 14, on official engagements.
According to a statement by the president’s media aide, President Buhari is scheduled to meet with President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia and the President-elect Adama Barrow in Banjul.
The meeting is in continuation of dialogue on the political situation in the West African country.
The statement further said Buhari would be joined by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, and President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone.
The immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama, who is the co-meditator of The Gambian mission, will also join the ECOWAS leaders.
Buhari to attend Africa–France Summit
The statement said that later on 13 January, the President will travel to Bamako, Mali to participate in the 27th Africa–France Summit.
The Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence, convened by French President Francois Hollande, is aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and African countries in areas of peace and security, economic partnership and development.
The statement said the Nigerian leader would reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts on the war against terror and underline the need for improved collaboration to address the menace of terrorism in the region.
President Buhari is also expected to underscore the efforts his administration is making to improve Nigeria’s business environment to attract more foreign direct investment.
“The President will be accompanied by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence,’’ Adesina said.