JUST IN: Osinbajo departs Abuja for London to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will today, Saturday, September 17, 2022, depart Abuja for London to join other world leaders to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

This is according to a statement made by his media aide, Laolu Akande, said on Saturday.

According to him, Osinbajo will represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the funeral.

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“VP Osinbajo is leaving Abuja today for London to represent Nigeria at the State Funeral for the late Queen Elizabeth II. 

“He will join King Charles, the Royal Family, and other world leaders at a number of events and receptions including a bilateral meeting,” Akande said on Twitter.

The Nigerian Vice President will be received by King Charles lll and Queen Consort Camilla, at a reception in Buckingham Palace on Sunday.

Osinbajo, who will also hold a bilateral meeting with the UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, is scheduled to return to Nigeria on Monday.

Queen Elizabeth ll who was the Head of the Commonwealth and the longest serving British monarch, passed on at 96 on September 8, 2022, at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari will also depart Abuja on Sunday, September 18, 2022, for New York in the United States of America (USA) to participate in the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77).

This is according to a statement issued by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Buhari will deliver the country’s National Statement to the Assembly on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

The President will also engage in a couple of activities with various bodies and return to the country on Monday, September 26, 2022.

The statement reads; “President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja, Sunday, September 18, for New York, United States to attend the annual meeting of world leaders, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77).

“The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday, September 13 is: “A watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges.”

“Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include; the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, climate action, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, and a special Transforming Education Summit.

“President Buhari will take his turn to deliver the National Statement on the second day of the General Debates on Wednesday, September 21.

“Aside his statement, the President will also participate in High Level meetings and side events, including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF), convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU).

“Other others are Strengthening Coordination through National Humanitarian Development Peace (NHDP) Framework: A practical approach to sustainable durable solutions to ensure no one is left behind, organised by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; and the EFCC-NEPAD Programme on combating Illicit Financial Flows.

“President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with World Leaders, renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York.

“On the entourage of the President are the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, some Governors, Ministers, and top government officials.

“The President is expected back in the country on Monday, September 26,” it said.

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