Buhari stops at Kuje prison en route to Senegal


President Muhammadu Buhari visited Kuje Detention Center after Tuesday night’s attack on the Abuja facility.

The President made a stopover at Kuje Prison on his way to the airport to catch his flight to Senegal for an international engagement.

Recall that the establishment was attacked Tuesday evening by Boko Haram insurgents who freed more than 800 detainees.

LEADERSHIP reported earlier that President Buhari will leave Abuja this Wednesday evening July 6 to attend the International Development Association (IDA) Summit for Africa in Dakar, Senegal.

According to a statement by Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, an institution of the World Bank Group, IDA is increasing its support to foster resilient recovery in countries affected by the global climate and COVID-19 crises, levels growing insecurity and more recently, by the impact of the war in Ukraine through its 20th round of historical replenishment of 93 billion dollars (IDA20) which comes into effect between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2025.

At the high-level event scheduled for Thursday, July 7 and hosted by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal, President Buhari is expected to join other African leaders in an open dialogue on development challenges and priorities. as well as on transformational initiatives that will lead to an outcome document, the Dakar Declaration.

This commitment should chart the way forward for the transformation of the economies of these countries in partnership with the World Bank/IDA.

Planned discussion topics include: financing economic recovery and transformation in Africa; Agriculture, Livestock and Food Security; Human capital; Digital and technological innovation; and energy transition and climate change.

The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; as well as Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo.

Other members of the entourage are: Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; Director General, Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha; and Bank of Industry Director General Olukayode Pitan.

President Buhari is expected back in the country after the summit on Thursday July 7th.


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