President Muhammadu Buhari will today depart for London for an earlier-scheduled medical check-up.
The medical trip is, however, masked under the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025 holding in the United Kingdom, which the president is also billed to participate in.
WESTERN POST had earlier reported exclusively that President Buhari would travel this week for medical reasons. He was scheduled to travel about three weeks ago, but the trip was suddenly cancelled. No reason was given by the presidency for the cancellation.
Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Monday morning disclosed that Buhari is scheduled to be back by the second week of August 2021.
According to the statement, the Summit, which will 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.
It will provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices.
The statement said: “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.”
According to the statement, Buhari is expected to also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“The President will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State, Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar,” the statement added.