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President Buhari arrives in Madrid on 3-day state visit

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Spain on a state visit at the invitation of President Pedro Sanchez.

The President and his entourage arrived in Madrid, the Spanish capital city on Tuesday evening.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement says that President Buhari will hold separates meeting with President Sanchez and the Head of State of the Spanish nation, King Felipe VI, during the visit.

The President is expected to discuss issues of mutual interest to Nigeria and Spain which would result in the signing of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding on a wide range of topics geared towards enhancing the bilateral relations between the two nations.

Mr Adesina said the discussing would include extradition and transfer of convicted persons, mutual legal assistance, cultural matters, cooperation towards fighting crime, enhancing security, energy, trade and investment, transportation, public health, and sports development.

President Buhari will also be the Special Guest at an Investment Forum jointly organised by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Trade, and the Confederation of Employers (CEOE) where he will speak to the gathering of top members of the Spanish business community and their Nigerian counterparts on the investment opportunities in Nigeria.

President Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare; and the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora.

Other members of the delegation are the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, and Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The President is expected back in the country on Friday.


Writing by Adeniyi Bakare