By Egena Sunday Ode
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday afternoon arrived Paris, French capital, for a one-day official visit as guest of President Emmanuel Macron at Palais de l’Élysée.
Buhari will afterwards attend a three-day Paris Peace Forum (PPF), November 11-13, 2021.
The President’s plane touched down at the Le Bourget Airport at 2.45pm, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed on Tuesday.
During the official visit on Wednesday, President Buhari will meet with his French counterpart to discuss issues of mutual interest for both countries, particularly on strengthening economic ties, improving partnership on security, and working jointly on education, health and halting the threats of COVID-19 to the global economy, the statement by Adesina noted.
From Thursday, President Buhari will join world leaders, heads of international organisations, leaders of civil society and the private sector at Grande Halle de La Villette to strategize on better governance for a world of peace, with plenaries, master classes and workshops, the statement added.
It said the Nigerian President is scheduled to make a remark at the event to share the peculiarity of the Nigerian experience with the world, and efforts undertaken so far for peace.
Other speakers include President Macron, Vice President Kamala Harris of United States, and Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
According to the statement, this year, the leaders will review 80 projects designed to improve peace across the globe and ensure more harmonious living like reforming capitalism for more impact on global economy, responding to the urgency of climate change, fake news and the challenge it poses on journalism and cyber security.
The first edition of the Paris Peace Forum took place from November 11 -13, 2018, as part of the Armistice Day centenary commemorations, and was attended by over 110 foreign delegates, including 54 heads of state and government, showcasing 120 global governance projects and welcomed 6000 individuals over the three days.