The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will jet out of Abuja to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday (today).

A State House statement by his media aide, Mr Garba Shehu,   stated on Thursday that Buhari would be attending the 33rd Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

The theme of the summit is, ‘Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.’

The statement read in part, “In Nigeria’s capacity as a member of the AU Peace and Security Council, President Buhari will participate in the high-level meeting of the Peace and Security Council on the situation in the Sahel and Libya, and High-Level Ad Hoc Committee on South Sudan.”

It said Buhari and other leaders would also hold bilateral meetings on the margins of the summit.

After the AU Summit, the Presidency said Buhari would begin a state visit to Ethiopia on February 11, “at the invitation of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed.”

Governors Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Ben Ayade of Cross River state, will be on Buhari’s entourage.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Adamu Mohammed-Bulkachuwa; and the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Baba, are also travelling with the President, among others.

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