President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday leave Abuja for Istanbul, Turkey to participate in the 9th Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) on Friday.

According to the statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday, prior to the D-8 Summit, President Buhari, at the invitation of President Recep Erdogan of Turkey, will participate in an official working visit to Ankara, the capital city.

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It said in Ankara, the President will have a tete-a-tete with his Turkish counterpart while delegations from both countries will hold discussions in various fields including defence cooperation, security, educational and migration issues.

Buhari will also visit the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara where he will meet with the Speaker, Ismail Kahraman.

While in Istanbul, the Turkish commercial centre, President Buhari will use the occasion of the D-8 Summit to bolster warm and growing ties across a broad range of areas of cooperation with leaders of the D8-member countries, namely Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.

The statement revealed that the President will be accompanied on the trip by ministers, top government officials, including the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali.