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President Buhari Set to Leave for India on Tuesday



President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to leave the shores of Nigeria on Tuesday to New Felhi, India, to attend the 3rd summit of the India-Africa Forum aimed at boosting bilateral relationship and socio-economic development.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

He said President Buhari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and other participating heads of state, would discuss the issue of climate change, terrorism and other problems common to participating countries.

“This year’s summit will enable the leaders to discuss additional measures aimed at boosting joint collaboration to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development in Africa and India,” the statement read.

“The summit, which follows the 2nd summit held in Addis Ababa in 2011, will enable the leaders to deliberate on further cooperation for the alleviation of poverty, and the eradication of hunger, disease and illiteracy.”

According to Adesina, before returning to Nigeria on October 30, Buhari will also meet with chief executive officers of Indian companies with existing or prospective interests in Nigeria before returning.

He said President Buhari would be accompanied by the governors of Kano and Delta states, as well as Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser.

Permanent secretaries in the ministries of defence, power, communications technology, agriculture, foreign affairs and industry, trade and investment, will also be accompanying the President.