Buhari scheduled to attend Ethiopian prime minister’s inauguration

Buhari scheduled to attend Ethiopian prime minister’s inauguration

President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to attend the inauguration of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a second five-year term in office on Monday, October 4.

This was contained in a statement issued by the President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, October 2, in Abuja.

According to Adesina, the president would depart Abuja for Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Sunday.

The presidential aide disclosed that President Buhari would deliver a goodwill message at the inauguration ceremony; after which he would attend a State Banquet in honour of visiting Heads of State and Governments.

He said the president would be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai.

President Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Ahmed had secured a second term in office; following the victory of the Prosperity Party, Ethiopia’s governing party, in the country’s parliamentary elections of June 21.

In an earlier congratulatory message to the Prime Minister, President Buhari had assured that Nigeria would continue to support the unity and territorial well-being of Ethiopia and all African states.

‘‘On behalf of the Nigerian people, I send you and the people of Ethiopia our well wishes; for your courage and commitment to the democratic process; and urge you to continue with the good policies of your government that endeared you to the people,’’ Buhari said.

Meanwhile, the World Bank has approved a $400 million credit for Nigeria as financing; for safe and also effective COVID-19 vaccine acquisition and deployment in the country.

This was disclosed by the World Bank via a statement issued; and also signed by its Senior External Affairs Officer, Mansir Nasir on Friday, October 1.

The statement revealed that the development will be implemented as part of the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project.

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It stated, “Government of Nigeria today received approval from The World Bank Board of Directors for a $400 million credit in additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA) to provide upfront financing for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine acquisition as well as deployment within the country. This will be implemented as part of the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project.

“Building on the Government’s plan to break the chain of local transmission of COVID-19 and limit the spread of the virus, the original COVID-19 Response program will be expanded to enable equitable access to purchase affordable COVID-19 vaccines for 18 percent (40 million) of Nigeria’s population and also support effective vaccine deployment to 50 percent (110 million) of its citizens.”

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