Buhari leaves Nigeria for Equatorial Guinea on Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday, November 29, 2019, embark on a trip to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea for a summit.

After the summit, the president will return to his country home, Daura, in Katsina State for a five-day visit.

Explaining the purpose of his trip to Malabo, the presidency on Thursday, November 28, 2019, said, Buhari would be in Equatorial Guinea to attend the 5th Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit.

According to Punch, other gas producing countries expected at the summit include Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Bolivia, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Kazakhstan and Norway.

Presidential spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, in a statement said that the “account for 70 per cent and 80 per cent of global gas reserves and production respectively.

“The idea of the GECF was first mooted in 2001 when the First Ministerial Meeting held in Tehran, Iran, while the First GECF otherwise called Gas Summit, took place in Doha, Qatar in 2011 with Nigeria represented at the highest level.

“Indeed, President Buhari had attended the Third Gas Summit in Tehran in November 2015. This Fifth Gas Summit in Malabo is the first time the biennial meeting will be hosted in Africa,” he said.

President Buhari reportedly received an invitation to attend the summit on November 19, 2019. The invitation was said to have been delivered by the Special Envoy of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Mr Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, Punch reports.

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