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President Buhari To Depart Nigeria For Addis Ababa

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday attend the inauguration of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a second five-year term in office in Addis Ababa.

This was made known in a statement on Saturday signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Buhari, who will depart Abuja for the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, is scheduled to deliver a goodwill message at the inauguration ceremony.

He is also expected to attend a State Banquet in honour of visiting Heads of State and Government.

Nigeria’s president is expected back in the country on Tuesday.

Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

Prime Minister Ahmed secured another term in office following the victory of Ethiopia’s governing Prosperity Party in the country’s parliamentary election of June 21.

In his earlier congratulatory message to the Prime Minister, President Buhari had assured that Nigeria will continue to support the unity and territorial well-being of Ethiopia and all African States.

‘‘On behalf of the Nigerian people, I send you and the people of Ethiopia our well wishes for your courage and commitment to the democratic process and urge you to continue with the good policies of your government that endeared you to the people,’’ the President said in his congratulatory message to the Prime Minister.

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