President Muhammadu Buhari would depart Abuja to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia on Friday and later Bamako, the capital of Mali.
His mission to The Gambia is to meet with the outgoing President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia and the President-elect Adama Barrow in his capacity as the Chief Mediator for the Economic Community of West African State, ECOWAS in The Gambia’s political impasse to continue dialogue with the stakeholders.
The President would be joined by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone, and the immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama, who is the co-meditator in The Gambian mission.
The meeting followed the resolution of the ECOWAS team in Abuja on Monday. Later in the day, the President will also travel to Bamako, Mali to participate in the 27th Africa–France Summit.
A statement by the Presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina on Thursday in Abuja stated that ” The Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence, convened by French President Francois Hollande, is aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and African countries in the areas of peace and security, economic partnership and development.”
It added that “recognising the role played by France in the successes so far recorded in the implementation of the regional initiative against terrorism, President Buhari will reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts on the war against terror and underline the need for improved collaboration to address the menace of terrorism in the region.”
President Buhari who would be accompanied by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence on the trip to Bamako is expected to “use opportunity of the summit to underscore the efforts of his government at improving Nigeria’s business environment to attract more foreign direct investment.”