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President Buhari Jets to France, Britain

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to travel out of the country on Tuesday.

He is expected to be in France tomorrow, where he will be delivering a keynote address at the European Union parliament in Strasbourg, and later to Britain, to see his doctors, according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Adesina said the president would, at his first stop in Strasbourg, France, tomorrow address a special session of the European Union Parliament to be attended by members of the executive and legislative arms of the Union.

He said Buhari would also hold talks with European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker before leaving for London to join other world leaders at the Supporting Syria and The Region Conference scheduled for Thursday.
The president is due back in Nigeria at the weekend.

“The need to block all safe havens for looted funds from Nigeria was at the heart of his foreign trips,” the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said in Abuja yesterday during a chat with State House correspondents.

The presidential spokesman said Buhari’s foreign trips had enabled his government to secure agreements and understanding with various countries on recovery and repatriation of stolen funds.

Shehu also disclosed that Nigeria’s top security officials would travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next week to further actualise an agreement on recovery and repatriation of stolen funds.

According to the presidential aide, “You also see gradually the strategic efforts to go after the stolen funds abroad. The UAE is very important to the country. Don’t be surprised that in the coming week or two, you will see high level security officials leaving Nigeria for the UAE to begin to give expression to our wish to enjoy this new cooperation between the two countries with a view to recovering stolen assets.”

The president is due back in Nigeria at the weekend.