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LATEST: President Buhari Jets Off To Lisbon On State Visit

President Muhammadu Buhari will jet off on Tuesday for a four-day state visit to Lisbon, Portugal, two days after returning from Kigali, Rwanda.

After attending the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Buhari flew back to Abuja on Sunday afternoon.

The President will receive the nation’s highest honor and be decorated with a “Great Collar of the Order of Prince Henry,” according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. The President will hold official talks with his Portuguese counterpart during this time.

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The two Presidents are anticipated to preside over an expanded bilateral meeting and participate in the signing of a few agreements pertaining to shared concerns.


Additionally, Buhari will go to Portugal to meet with the country’s prime minister, Antonio Costa, as well as the parliament’s president, Dr. Augusto Santo Silva.

The President is set to meet separately with a number of Portuguese Chief Executive Officers and potential investors in Nigeria while in Portugal. He will also speak to a forum of Nigerian and Portuguese businesspeople.

Buhari will also attend the UN Ocean Conference, which started on June 27 and goes through July 1 in Lisbon.

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The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Governments of Kenya and Portugal are co-hosting the conference, which seeks to hasten the adoption of novel, science-based solutions to problems affecting oceans and the world marine ecosystem.

The Nigerian leader is also anticipated to interact with the local Nigerian population in Portugal over issues that concern them and domestic developments.

Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, Ministers of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, Industry, Trade, and Investment Minister Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Youth and Sports Sunday Dare, and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Isa Pantami will accompany the President.


Others are National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

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He will return to Abuja on Saturday, July 2.



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