In the midst of numerous attacks ravaging the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Wednesday, July 6 to attend the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa Summit in Dakar, Senegal.
In spite of the recent high wave of attacks, the President is preparing for the trip.
On Tuesday in Katsina, bandits opened fire on a convoy carrying his advance team.
When bandits ambushed them, the team was travelling toward Daura, the president’s hometown.
Another attack in Katsina resulted in the death of an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
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Additionally, gunmen ransacked the nation’s capital’s Kuje Prison and released inmates, including prominent Boko Haram suspects.
According to Bashir Magashi, the minister of defence, all Boko Haram suspects who were being held at the time of the attack escaped.
Mr. Buhari will travel to Dakar today, according to a presidential aide, while Nigerians continue to bemoan the brazenness of the attacks.
Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama; Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; as well as Industry, Trade, and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, according to a statement released on Wednesday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Other members of the entourage include 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.
IDA, a member of the World Bank Group, is strengthening its assistance to countries affected by the COVID-19 and climate crises, rising levels of insecurity, and, more recently, the effects of the war in Ukraine through its historic $93 billion 20th replenishment cycle (IDA20), which runs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025.
Shehu claims that President Buhari will participate in an open discussion on development priorities and challenges as well as transformational initiatives at the high-level event, the Dakar Declaration, being hosted by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal on Thursday, July 7.
According to the presidential spokesman, this commitment is anticipated to map out the future for these countries’ economies’ transformation in collaboration with the World Bank/IDA.
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He stated that the following topics would be covered: “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.”
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