This will be the first major international meeting President Muhammadu Buhari will attending after his inauguration last Friday as Nigerian president.
Buhari became president of Africa’s most populous nation, top economy and leading oil producer last Friday, unseating Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan whom he beat in the March 28 general election.
According to a statement by Gerba Shehu: “The President has accepted the invitation to attend the G7 summit. He’s expected to depart Nigeria on Sunday for the summit. It’s going to be a two-day trip”.
The Presidency said on Saturday that Britain’s foreign minister Philip Hammond told Buhari at a meeting in Abuja on Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron urged him to come to the summit with a “wish list”.
Nigeria is facing a long list of challenges, Boko Haram Insurgency, infrastructure problems, corruption and dwindling reserve. Buhari met Cameron for private talks in London the week before his inauguration,
Buhari had met David Cameron at his official resident at 10 Downning Street where tacking terrorism, corruption and regional migration were discussed. The British leader pledged help in a number of areas such as areas.
Group of Seven (G7), international organization officially established in 1985 to facilitate economic cooperation among the world’s largest industrial nations; summit meetings of the member nations began in 1975. Members are Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and the United States.