-President Buhari satisfied with the discussions he had with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou over the weekend.
See reasons Buhari cancelled trip to Niger
The Nigerian Presidency has given reasons for the cancellation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s scheduled trip to Niger Republic, on Monday.
The presidency stated that the trip was canceled because Buhari expressed satisfaction over the meeting he had with President Mahamadou Issoufou of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The meeting which was held over the weekend in Abuja yielded valuable discussions.
Naija News recalls that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had on Sunday disclosed that Buhari would be travelling for the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger in Tahoua, Niger.
The presidential aide had said Buhari would participate in the event with Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger.
The event is held every December 18, to commemorate the founding of the Republic of Niger and creation of its Presidency.
Shehu had also noted that Buhari was to hold bilateral meetings with some of his counterparts before returning to Abuja on the same day.
President Buhari was to have been accompanied on the trip by Governors Aminu Masari, Ibrahim Gaidam and Kashim Shettima of Katsina, Yobe and Borno states, respectively.
However, on Monday Shehu explained that the president cancelled the trip because of his useful discussions with the Niger president.
He said: “The event to which the president was invited was the celebration of the 59th year of the country’s independence.
“Niger invited the leaders of neighbouring states: the Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Nigeria.
“President Buhari felt satisfied that he had had useful discussions with his friend and brother, president Issoufou…
“After a phone call on Sunday night, between the leaders, president Buhari decided to send a delegation, made up of governors of Katsina, Yobe and Borno states, along with the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, to represent him.”