President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja early Thursday morning to attend events commemorating Guinea Bissau’s National Day.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement issued yesterday said the president would join the presidents of Senegal, Cote d’ Ivoire, Rwanda, Mauritania, Togo and Liberia to mark the 47th independence anniversary of Guinea Bissau.
He said while in Bissau, Buhari would also commission a road named in his honour by the host government, adding that the President and other invited leaders would also attend an official lunch to be hosted by President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau.
Adesina, who said Nigeria and Guinea Bissau established diplomatic relations in 1974, added that following a military coup in that country, Nigeria in 2012 deployed troops under the auspices of ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) to maintain peace.
He recalled that Buhari had in response to a request for assistance by the government of Guinea Bissau, during its last legislative elections, donated $500,000, 17 vehicles and 350 electoral kits to support the country’s electoral process.