President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday leave Nigeria for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), scheduled for June 20 to 26, 2022.
This information was made known to the public by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday.
At CHOGM 2022, Buhari is expected to join other leaders to participate to discuss the progress and prosperity of the more than two billion people residing in the 54 independent nations in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific that form the Commonwealth.
The theme for CHOGM 2022 is ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming,’.
The Heads of Government are to reaffirm their commitment to upholding the Commonwealth Charter.
Buhari will be at the official opening ceremony on June 24, to be followed by high-level meetings of Heads of State and Government on Friday, 24 and Saturday, June 25.
The leaders are expected to consider a range of topical issues, including post-COVID-19 economic recovery, debt sustainability, climate change, poverty reduction, youth entrepreneurship and employment, trade, and food security.
Prior to this, the Nigerian delegation was drawn from the public, private, and youth organisations that participated in four forums covering youth, women, business, and civil society; and will engage in ministerial meetings and several side events.
On the margins of the meeting, the Nigerian leader is scheduled to deliver remarks at the High-Level Session of Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit and participate in an Intergenerational Dialogue for Youth.
President Buhari is also expected to hold bilateral talks with some leaders from the Commonwealth countries.
Ahead of the biennial meeting, which was due to take place in June 2020 but was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Buhari, in an article published in The Telegraph, London, stressed that the Commonwealth can become a real global power with improved collaborations on trade and security, lending weight to each other in international bodies.
The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami.
Others in the President’s entourage are the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (Rtd) Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, and the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NidCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The President will return to the country on Sunday, June 26, 2022.
[ Daily Post]