Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has found another excuse with which to conceal his perennial mission of embarking on medical tourism to London.
The Presidency has just announced through the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, that he will be travelling to the United Kingdom on Monday, July 26, to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.
President Buhari, who has made London his regular destination for medical tourism, had abruptly cancelled an earlier planned medical visit inexplicably, shortly before the announced date weeks ago.
According to the presidential statement: “The Summit, which will be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices.
“It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.
“Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others.
“President Buhari will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by second week of August, 2021.
“The President will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.”
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