Buhari leads 11-person delegation on state visit to Spain

• Back in Abuja on Friday

Deji Elumoye

President Muhammadu Buhari left Abuja yesterday for Madrid, Spain, leading an 11-man delegation on a state visit to the European nation at the invitation of Spanish President Pedro Sanchez.

According to a statement from his media adviser, Femi Adesina, during the visit, the first for the Nigerian leader, Buhari would also meet the Head of State of the Spanish Nation, His Majesty King Felipe VI.

During his engagements with the two leaders, the Nigerian President would discuss matters of mutual concern to the two countries, which is expected to culminate in the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding on a wide range of topics aimed at enhancing further bilateral relations between Nigeria and Spain, the statement said.

Adesina said issues to be discussed include extradition and transfer of convicted persons, mutual legal assistance, cultural issues, cooperation in fighting crime and enhancing security, as well as issues affecting people. by diplomatic staff.

Also on the agenda are cooperation in energy, trade and investment, transport, public health and sports development.

The President would also be a special guest at a forum on investment organized jointly by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Commerce and the Confederation of Employers (CEOE), where he would speak to the gathering of the best members of the Spanish business community. and their Nigerian counterparts on investment opportunities in Nigeria and ways to increase trade volume as well as further collaborate for the development of the economies of the two countries.

Among the president’s entourage are Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare; and the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora.

The others are National Security Advisor Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; and Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The president is expected to return home on Friday, June 3.