Buhari leaves for Paris Peace Forum


President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday depart Abuja for Paris, France, to attend the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum which opens on Sunday and ends on Tuesday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday said the Peace Forum is organised by the French Government and a number of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

According to him, the forum is based on the “simple idea that international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace.”

Adesina disclosed that Buhari would join the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and other world leaders in discussing contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action.

While in Paris, the President will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on Nov.
11, 1918, between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War.

During his visit to Paris, Adesina said Buhari would attend a luncheon hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France in honour of visiting heads of delegations.

“Before returning to Abuja, the President and his delegation will have an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in France,’’ Adesina said.

President Buhari will be accompanied to Paris by Governors Willie Obiano,  Kayode Fayemi  and Aminu Masari, of Anambra, Ekiti and Katsina States, respectively.

Others include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the
Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno.