Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the 36th Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The three-day event saw Buhari participate in high-level meetings on peace and security, climate change, and the political situation in some West African countries, News About Nigeria reports.
On the sidelines of the AU Summit, the President also took part in the second Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Sahel Region Climate Commission (SRCC). Nigeria was picked to host the Secretariat of the Sahel Climate Fund, which aims to provide funding to address the impacts of climate change in the region.
During the meetings of the 36th AU Summit, President Buhari presented Nigeria’s positions on critical continental issues. He urged member-states of the Union to ratify the AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) Agreement to promote economic development on the continent. He also called on them to strengthen early warning systems to prevent conflicts from escalating.
The President’s participation in the summit is an indication of Nigeria’s commitment to regional and continental issues. Nigeria’s strategic position in Africa makes it imperative for the country to play an active role in addressing the challenges facing the continent.
President Buhari’s return to Abuja comes ahead of the grand finale of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign, where he is expected to lead other party leaders, including the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to Lagos. The campaign is an opportunity for the ruling party to showcase its achievements and present its plans for the country.