President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday afternoon, departed Abuja on a four-day official visit to the French capital, Paris.



The President is expected to attend the African Finance Summit as well as hold critical bilateral talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on a range of issues, including security.


The President departed Abuja around 3:14pm.


Announcing the President’s departure on his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad, Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, stated some of the President’s itinerary in France for the four-day official visit.



“President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for Paris, France ahead of the African Finance Summit, which will be focused on reviewing African economy, following shocks from COVID-19 pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries,” Ahmad said.


The Presidency had on Saturday stated that the President’s plan to attend the African Finance Summit in Paris, as well as his scheduled meeting with President Macron on a range of issues, including security.




He was accompanied to France by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Trade and Investment Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, and Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire.




Also on the trip were the National Security Adviser (NSA) Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd) and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.