Despite povety at home and inability to pay workers, the Nigerian Presidency on Friday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja the same day for Paris, France for the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum – which should not be of importance to a nation in dire times.
Buhari’s media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the Peace Forum is slated for November 11 to 13.
The forum, organised by the French Government and a number of Non-Governmental Organisations, was based on the “simple idea that international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace,” the statement said.
According to the statement, President Buhari “would join the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and other world leaders in discussing contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action.”
It added, “While in Paris, President Buhari will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918 between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War.
“During his visit to Paris, President Buhari will attend a luncheon hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France in honour of visiting heads of delegations.
“Before returning to Abuja, the President and his delegation will have an interactive session with the Nigerian community in France.”
Mr. Buhari will be accompanied by three state governors Aminu Masari (Katsina); Willie Obiano (Anambra) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)and other top government officials
The other officials are, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd. and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.
One of the bane of the Nigerian nation is the failure of government officials to prune down on expenditure.
Mr. Buhari had promised Nigerians to change the way business is done by leaders.
But he is yet to keep that promise, roughly six months to completing his first term as president.