Just hours after two alleged terrorist attacks on his convoy and the Kuje prison in Abuja, Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari is hurriedly trying to scurry away to Senegal with the pretext of attending a World Bank summit in Dakar, Senegal.
The embattled notorious travelling former head of state will allegedly depart Abuja for Senegal on Wednesday to participate in the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa Summit in Dakar, Senegal.
Yesterday, bandits ambushed the President’s Advanced Team Convoy in Dutsinma, Katsina state. In the same day, Kuje Prisons was breached, leading to the release of several inmates alleged to be terrorists.
Every part of the country has witnessed successive insecurity and incessant loss of lives. The attack on the Presidential convoy is the latest in a series of high profile attacks on government officials. Last year, several prisons were attacked with several convicts released.
According to the statement released by the media aide to the President, the presidency disclosed that the meeting’s objective is to map out economic recovery strategy for countries affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Russia – Ukraine crisis.
“An institution of the World Bank Group, IDA is deepening its support to drive a resilient recovery for countries hit by the global crises of climate and COVID -19, growing levels of insecurity and more recently, by the impact of the war in Ukraine through its historic $93 billion 20th replenishment cycle (IDA20) which goes into effect between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2025.”
“At the High Level event slated for Thursday, July 7 and hosted by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal, President Buhari is expected to join other African leaders in an open Dialogue on Development Challenges and priorities as well as transformational initiatives that will lead to an outcome document, the Dakar Declaration.
“This commitment is expected to chart the way forward for the transformation of the economies of these nations in partnership with the World Bank/IDA.”
“Topics slated for discussion include: Financing for Recovery and Economic Transformation in Africa; Agriculture, Livestock and Food Security; Human Capital; Digital and Technological Innovation; and Energy Transition and Climate Change.”
“The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; as well as Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo.”
“Others on the entourage are: the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Director- General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; Director-General, Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha; and the Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, Olukayode Pitan.
“President Buhari is expected back in the country at the end of the Summit on Thursday, July 7.”
President Muhammad Buhari has been bedeviled by issues of national security since he first became a civilian President. Citizens are disappointed at his inability to combat terrorism and insecurity in the country for more than seven (5) years.
The President’s rating is at an all time low, insecurity is getting worse, the economy is being shattered, the country’s currency continues to lose value while skyrocketing inflation is the new normal.