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Buhari Meets World Leaders At G7 Summit

Posted: Jun 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, took part in th eomgoing summit of world leaders, spearheaded by the heads of seven world powers, known as the G7, in Germany, on June 7 and 8, 2015.

Although the President was not be part of the main meetings, because Nigeria is not one of the seven countries convened for the summit, he made a presentation to the the group of seven world leaders on issues of concern to Nigeria.

The G7 leaders invited Buhari to the summit along with other outreach guests, the leaders of Senegal, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, Tunisia and Iraq. Climate change topped the agenda for the final day of the two-day summit, at which the world leaders also discussed African development, the fight against terrorism from Boko Haram to the Islamic State group as well as combating epidemics and other health issues.

Buhari was expected to receive ample support from the G7 industrialised nations given the challenges they faced engaging with Nigeria’s previous administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, experts said.

“I think there is very strong goodwill towards Nigeria,” Tim Murithi, head of programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, said in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

“So Buhari is in what you would call a honeymoon period at the moment, and I believe the rest of the world, the international community, would like to see Nigeria play a much more pivotal role in Africa, which historically it has played.”

Apart from terrorism, Buhari requested support from the world leaders on Nigeria’s economy, infrastructure, corruption as well as power and energy. The President also sought assistance in environment, good governance and electoral reforms.

Other world leaders at he summit, aside from the group of seven leaders are Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalgn of Ethiopia, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, Minister-President of the State of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and president of he World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, among others.

According to a statement issued by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President was ccompanied by governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima; former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola; and former chief of army staff, Abdulrahman Dambazau, among other officials.


Former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, led an advance team to Germany to prepare for Buhari’s arrival, reports say.