President Muhammadu Buhari was received Wednesday by the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara at the Houphet Airport, Abidjan, ahead of the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit holding 29th and 30th of November.
With President Buhari are state governors Emmanuel Ubom of Akwa Ibom, Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi and National Leader of the All Progressives Cogress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and some ministers
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama led Nigerian delegation to receive the President at the airport.
The President of African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adeshina, Ministers of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, Minister of Interior, retired Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau and the National Security Adviser, Retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Munguno also welcomed the President at the airport.
Others at the airport included Nigeria’s ambassador Ibrahim Isa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and some embassy officials, as well as representatives of Nigerians resident in Cote d Ivoire.
A statement earlier issued by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said President Buhari would participate in working sessions on the summit theme: “Investing in Youth for Sustainable Development.”
He said that on the margins of the summit, Buhari would meet with a number of African Heads of State and their EU counterparts.
On the sidelines of the summit, African Heads of State are expected to discuss the crisis in Libya with a view to repatriating all African citizens in the country and a possible AU sanction.
Reacting to slave trade in Libya, President Macky Sall of Senegal had last week told journalists during ECOWAS Parliament that the issue would be part of the discussion at the summit.