Buhari Departs Nigeria for Senegal President’s Inauguration

– Buhari attends the inauguration of Senegal’s Sall for the second term in Dakar, Senegal’s capital.

– He is expected to be back in the country at the end of the inauguration ceremonies.

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja, Nigeria’s capital Monday for Dakar, Senegal’s capital to attend the inauguration of Senegalese President, Macky Sall, following his re-election for a second term.

On the invitation of his host, President Buhari, who is ECOWAS Chairman, will be Special Guest of Honour at the ceremonies to be attended by other African leaders at the Diamniadio Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity said that President Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi state), Governor Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna state) and Governor Tanko Al-Makura (Bauchi state)

Others on the Presidential entourage include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai, and other top government officials.

The President is expected back in the country at the end of the inauguration ceremonies.

Before the President left on Monday, he met behind closed doors with the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Okorocha was at the Villa to lobby for the South East in attaining leadership role of the 9th National Assembly and commission some projects before his tenure expires on May 29, 2019.

It, however, remains unclear if he will be returning to the Nigerian Senate as he has not been issued the certificate of return as the Imo West Senatorial election was declared under duress, according to the returning officer of the poll.

Okorocha still remains confident that he will be issued his certificate.

The case is currently in court as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is waiting for its outcome know the next line of action.

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