President Muhammadu Buhari and the First Lady, Aisha Buhari departed Abuja on Thursday to participate in the African Union Extra-ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, with a special focus on security.
Per reports, the president's chopper left the State House helipad at about 03:30 pm for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
In a statement signed by Buhari's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, it was disclosed that the president will join other Heads of State and Government to deliberate on Humanitarian Challenges, Hopes and Challenges in Africa, and participate in the adoption of the Assembly Declaration on Humanitarian Summit and pledging conference.
Titled ‘President Buhari attends AU Extra-ordinary summit in Malabo', the statement further revealed that the three-day summit will May 26 to 28 and will focus on Humanitarian Challenges in Africa, with related issues on migration, refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons.
The summit will feature African leaders also pondering Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government, with attendant spiralling effects on human rights and economies.
President Buhari will have sideline meetings with some leaders during the summit which will take place in Malabo. He will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd); Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar and Chairman, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.