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Again Presidency Confirms SaharaReporters’ Story, Says Junketing Buhari Will Leave For Turkey Thursday

December 16, 2021

The President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 19.

President Muhammadu Buhari will today, Thursday leave Abuja for Istanbul, Turkey to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement on Thursday.


The summit, themed, ‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity,’ is hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey.
Shehu said, “The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit is coming on the heels of President Erdogan’s recent State Visit to Nigeria during which several agreements in the fields of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons were signed to expand existing bilateral ties.
“The Turkish leader had, during the visit to Nigeria, affirmed his commitment to immediately expand the volume of trade between the two countries to 5 billion dollars and the Nigerian delegation will seize the opportunity of the gathering in Istanbul to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country.”
Shehu added that the President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 19.
SaharaReporters had exclusively reported on November 23 that Buhari would in December travel to Turkey.
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“There is another trip to Turkey this December; all teams going with the President have already submitted their passports for visa processing,” a presidential source had told SaharaReporters.
The Nigerian President has been junketing across the world in the last three months.
Buhari in September travelled to New York, US to participate in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Then on Sunday, October 3, President Buhari left for Ethiopia to attend the inauguration of the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a second five-year term in office.
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He was also in Saudi Arabia on October 24 for an investment conference organised by the Future Investment Initiative Institute and lesser Hajj in Madinah and Makkah.
Two days after returning to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia, Buhari left the country for Glasgow to participate in the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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The President, however, on Tuesday, November 2 secretly abandoned the conference and travelled to London for a medical checkup.
His aircraft, a Gulfstream Aerospace GV-SP (G550) with registration number 5N-FGW and serial number 5310 (Mode-S 0640F2) left the Glasgow International Airport at 10:14 pm (9:14 UK time) and arrived at Stansted Airport, London at 11:11 pm (10:11 pm UK time).
On Tuesday, November 09, Buhari departed London for Paris, France.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President was in Paris for a one-day official visit as a guest of President Emmanuel Macron.
Adesina added that the Presidential’s plane touched down at Le Bourget Airport at 2.45 pm but was mute on the airport and country Buhari departed from.
He left Paris, the French capital on Saturday, November 13 for Durban, South Africa and returned to Nigeria on November 16, 2021.
The President on December 1 attended the Expo 2020 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).