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President Buhari departs Abuja for Turkey-Africa summit

President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Abuja today (Thursday) for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Summit is coming on the heels of President Erdogan’s recent State Visit to Nigeria, during which several agreements in the fields of energy, defence industry, mining, and hydrocarbons were signed to expand existing bilateral ties.

The Turkish leader had, during the visit to Nigeria, affirmed his commitment to immediately expand the volume of trade between the two countries to 5 billion dollars.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says it is expected that the Summit would provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years.

The statement stresses that and Nigerian delegation will seize the opportunity of the gathering to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country.

The theme of the Summit is, Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity, and the agenda includes reviewing the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last summit in 2014.

President Buhari will be accompanied by his wife, Aisha Buhari, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Defence, retired Major General Bashir Magashi, FCT, Mohammed Bello; Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar, Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday.

Writing by Abdullah Bello; editing by Abdullahi Lamino