Buhari, UN chief, 40 African leaders to attend AU summit

Jude Johnson The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and over 40 Heads of states of African countries will attend the 30th AU summit at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday, January 29. Buhari’s Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, on Thursday, stated that the President will depart on Friday to participate…
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Jude Johnson

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and over 40 Heads of states of African countries will attend the 30th AU summit at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday, January 29.

Buhari’s Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, on Thursday, stated that the President will depart on Friday to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) where he will make presentation on anti-corruption.

Adesina said that the President, who was engaged by AU at the last session to present a road-map on anti-corruption in Africa, would speak on “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.

He stressed that this is the first time in the 54-year history of the AU that anti-corruption will be made a theme of the gathering of the regional leaders.

On July 4, 2017 the 29th Session of the AU, African leaders unanimously endorsed Buhari to champion the fight against corruption on the continent. The endorsement was in recognition of his personal commitment and widely acclaimed anti-graft drive at the domestic level.

He recalled that on July 25, 2017, Buhari had in a letter to President Alpha Conde of Guinea, who is also the out-going AU Chairperson, formally accepted his nomination to lead members of the AU on this crucial crusade against a veritable socio-economic vice that is anti-development.

While thanking his colleagues for the honour, he reiterated his “commitment to contribute towards our collective efforts to strengthen good governance and development on the continent.”

Apart from anti-corruption, Adesina stated, other issues lined for consideration by African leaders and their delegations include, peace and security (transnational terrorism); institutional reforms of the continental body; free movement of persons; climate change; trade; aviation; education; gender and development.

He said that the President will also hold bilateral meetings with some of his colleagues on issues of common interests.

Some top officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami will accompany the president.

Others are: Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd); the Minister of State (Aviation), Sen. Hadi Sirika; the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

In the same vein, an Ethiopian official had on Wednesday, confirmed that Heads of states of more than 40 African nations as well as UN Chief, Gutteres will attend the three decades summit.

The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Amb. Workneh Gebeyehu, while speaking to journalists, said the leaders are expected to discuss political and security matters affecting African countries and reforming the 54-year-old continental body.

Gebeyehu stated that the 30th AU summit kicked off Monday in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa under the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.

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