Buhari En Route To Senegal Amid Terrorist Attacks In Nigeria

buhari en route to senegal amid terrorist attacks in nigeria
buhari en route to senegal amid terrorist attacks in nigeria

Wednesday, July 6th, President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja to attend the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa Summit in Dakar, Senegal.

The President is preparing for the trip despite the high number of attacks in the previous twenty-four hours.

Tuesday in Katsina, bandits opened fire on a convoy of his advance squad.

The squad was en route to Daura, the president’s hometown, when they were assaulted by robbers.

In yet another attack in Katsina, an Assistant Police Commissioner was gunned killed.

Also, in the nation’s capital, gunmen broke into Kuje Prison and released prisoners, including prominent Boko Haram suspects.

Bashir Magashi, minister of defence, stated that all Boko Haram suspects in detention escaped during the attack.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed that Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo.

Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA); Patience Oniha, Director-General of the Debt Management Office; and Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, are also members of the entourage.

Through its historic $93 billion 20th replenishment cycle (IDA20), which will be in effect between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2025, the International Development Association (IDA), an institution of the World Bank Group, will increase its support for countries hit by the global crises of climate and COVID -19, rising levels of insecurity, and most recently, the impact of the war in Ukraine.

According to Shehu, at the High Level event scheduled for Thursday, July 7 and hosted by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal, President Buhari is expected to participate with other African leaders in an open Dialogue on Development Challenges and priorities as well as transformational initiatives that will result in the Dakar Declaration, a document that will serve as a final document.

This commitment is expected to pave the path for the development of these nations’ economy in conjunction with the World Bank/IDA, according to the presidential spokesman.

Financing for Recovery and Economic Transformation in Africa; Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Security; Human Capital; Digital and Technological Innovation; and Energy Transition and Climate Change are among the topics set for debate, according to him.

Buhari reshuffled his cabinet and swore in new ministers earlier in the day.

Buhari took ten international visits in the first half of 2022, causing alarm among Nigerians despite assurances from his managers that the trips were in the country’s best interest.

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