President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday travel to United Kingdom, one week ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, which is billed for between April 18 and 20.
But Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday, insisted that the President’s trip is official visit.
The media aide said Buhari would be meeting with some persons, including the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.
Shehu’s statement partly read, “President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday 9, April, 2018 for an official visit to Britain where he is due to hold discussions on the Nigerian-British relations with the Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April, 2018.
“The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden, in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15bn in Nigeria’s oil industry.
“These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society.
“President Buhari is due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the President on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and in the world.
“Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain.”
It is being however rumoured in circles across the country that Mr. Buhari is going ahead of time t enable him attend to his health.