Barring any last-minute change, President Muhammadu Buhari will next week travel to South Africa, SaharaReporters has gathered.
His media, security and protocol teams will leave for the Southern African country on Thursday, a top source told SaharaReporters on Tuesday.
SaharaReporters also learnt that Buhari will leave London for Paris on Wednesday or Thursday for the fourth edition of the Paris Peace forum 2021 to be hosted by the French President, Emmanuel Macron.
Buhari will be jetting out to South Africa in an official capacity next week, it was learnt.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will again travel to South Africa next week. His protocol, media and security teams depart on Thursday,” a presidential source told SaharaReporters.
The President has been in London, UK for seven days for a medical checkup after abandoning the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Glasgow, Scotland.
According to the UN, the event which started on October 31st is expected to end on November 12, 2021.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will Sunday, October 31 depart Abuja for Glasgow, Scotland to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“The President is scheduled to deliver his national statement at the High-Level segment for Heads of State and Government at the conference on Tuesday, November 2,” a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu had read.
Shehu had added that “In Glasgow, President Buhari will participate in some side-line events hosted by US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
“President Buhari will thereafter travel to Paris, France on an official visit to reciprocate an earlier one to Nigeria by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and also attend the Paris Peace forum 2021, the fourth edition to be hosted by the French President.
“It will have Heads of State and Government and CEOs of major multinationals, as well as several civil society actors, gathering to advance concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to improve global governance in times of COVID-19.”
Though Shehu’s statement said the President would travel to Paris after the summit, investigation shows that President Buhari after his speech last Tuesday at the COP26 Leaders’ Summit left Glasgow for London for a medical checkup but the Presidency refused to inform Nigerians about it.
SaharaReporters gathered that the presidential aircraft which conveyed Buhari, 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) last Tuesday and arrived at Stansted Airport, London at 11:11 pm (10:11 pm UK time).
The 5N-FGW (Gulfstream Aerospace) was registered as Nigerian Air Force 1, to replace the Boeing Business Jet (Boeing 737-700) 5N-FGT that is still in Germany for repairs.