Buhari jets out to UK to see his doctors, attend education summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja today for the United Kingdom to see his doctors and take part in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnerships for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.

The President is expected to stay a few days after the event in the UK for an earlier scheduled medical check-up and is expected back in the country by the second week of August, although no specific date was given.

This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari attends global education summit in London,’ on Monday, in Abuja.

The summit which will be co-hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, is expected to bring together Heads of State and Government, as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through the exchange of best practices.

The statement partly reads, “President Muhammadu Buhari will today, Monday, July 26, 2021, travel to the United Kingdom to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.

“The Summit, which would be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices.

It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others.

President Buhari will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by the second week of August 2021.’’

The statement also says that the president will be accompanied on the trip by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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