President Muhammadu Buhari is set to leave the shores of Nigeria to far away Saudi Arabia on Thursday, May 30, for the Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The event which holds on Friday, May 31, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, is the 14th session of the IOC to be hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, says Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity.
According to Shehu, Buhari is expected to address and underscore the need for member countries to work in unison to combat common challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism at the forum which will be attended by Heads of State and Governments of Member States.
An official statement by the SSA has it that the summit is themed, ‘Makkah al-Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future’, and seeks to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world”.
“The President will also push forward themes that have been at the forefront of his domestic and international priorities, including reviving the Lake Chad Basin, investing in Nigeria to create jobs and financing for development”, it reads.
“On the margins of the summit, the Nigerian leader will hold bilateral meetings with world leaders to promote increased cooperation and collaboration on issues of mutual concern.”
He is expected back in Nigeria on Sunday, June 2.