Buhari, wife Aisha head for Istanbul for Turkey-Africa summit

Buhari and Aisha

President Buhari
and his wife Aisha

President Muhammadu Buhari, accompanied by his wife Aisha, will on Thursday leave Abuja for Istanbul, the commercial capital of Turkey.

He will be attending the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey.

According to the organisers, the theme of the Summit is ‘‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity’’ and the agenda includes reviewing the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last summit in 2014.

The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit is coming on the heels of President Erdogan’s recent State Visit to Nigeria during which several agreements in the fields of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons were signed to expand existing bilateral ties.

The Turkish leader had, during the visit to Nigeria, affirmed his commitment to immediately expand the volume of trade between the two countries to 5 billion dollars.

It is expected that the Nigerian delegation will seize the opportunity of the gathering in Istanbul to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country.

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It is expected that the Summit would provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years.

Also accompanying the President are six Ministers.

They are Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama; Defence Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd); FCT, Mohammed Bello; Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

Other ministers are Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar; Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo.

The National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd); and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar are also on the trip.

Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Sunday 19 December.

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