Buhari and seven ministers are on their way to Spain.


Buhari and seven ministers are on their way to Spain.
On Tuesday, May 31, President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja for Madrid, Spain, on a State Visit at the request of Spanish President Pedro Sanchez.

According to a statement released by the President's spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbe

Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), the National Security Adviser; Amb. Ahmed Rufa'i Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA); and Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), complete the delegation.

President Buhari will meet with the Spanish nation's Head of State, His Majesty King Felipe VI, in a separate meeting during the visit, which would be the first by the Nigerian leader, according to Adesina.

The president will discuss issues of mutual interest to both countries during his meetings with both leaders, according to the statement, which is expected to result in the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding on a wide range of topics aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Extradition and transfer of convicted persons, mutual legal support, cultural issues, cooperation in combating crime and increasing security, as well as issues affecting dependants of diplomatic staff, are all examples of such areas, according to him.

Other topics on the agenda, he said, are energy cooperation, trade and investment, transportation, public health, and sports development.

President Buhari will also be the Special Guest at an Investment Forum co-hosted by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Trade, and the Confederation of Employers (CEOE), where he will address a gathering of top members of the Spanish business community and their Nigerian counterparts on investment opportunities in Nigeria and ways to expand trade volume as well as further collaboration for development, according to the presidential spokesman.

He stated that the President will return to the country on June 3rd.


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