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President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Tuesday for Aswan, Egypt to attend the Aswan Forum.

Buhari jets out to Egypt TuesdayBuhari jets out to Egypt Tuesday

The gathering is designed to set an agenda for sustainable peace and development in the continent.

In a statement issued on Monday, December 9, the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, made this known, he also stated that that the president would return to the country on Friday.

The forum, which holds between December 11 and 12, is an initiative to address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa while promoting Africa-led solutions through strengthening policies and practices.

“The initiative is being launched by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in his capacity as the Chairman of the African Union (AU) and as an advocate of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa – a recurring theme of his tenure as the AU Chairman,” Mr Adesina said.

“It is also grounded in the AU’s Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, and the search for African solutions to African problems.

“The gathering is expected to bring together heads of state and government, leaders from regional and international organisations, financial institutions, private sector and civil societies.

“(Others are) scholars, visionaries and prominent experts for action-oriented discussions on the threats, challenges and opportunities.

“It is also expected to end with a Declaration on the theme of the Forum and become an annual event.”

Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

Others are Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi; Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.

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