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Buhari returns to Abuja after AU summit in Addis Ababa

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
08 February 2022   |   4:15 am
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, returned to Abuja after a four-day outing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he participated in the 35th Ordinary Session of Assembly of the African Union (AU).

President Muhammadu Buhari (right) returns to Abuja after the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads and Government of African Union held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia…yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA 

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, returned to Abuja after a four-day outing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he participated in the 35th Ordinary Session of Assembly of the African Union (AU).

He arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 3:00 p.m. Before leaving Addis Ababa, Buhari received the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, during a private audience on the sidelines of the Ordinary Session.

While in Addis Ababa, Buhari was part of various meetings and consultations, including one with a Guinea-Bissau emissary, and Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guinea-Bissau, Suzi Barbosa, who provided him with graphic details of a recent coup attempt on President Umaru Sissoco Embalo.

He also met on the sidelines of the summit with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, with whom he discussed growth and development of Africa.

During the meeting, the President and his Ethiopian counterpart agreed that growth and development of African countries would require strong and visionary leadership that caters for the needs of the people.

They further added that such leadership ought to effectively strengthen institutions that encourage peaceful co-existence, while providing disincentives to conflicts and coups.