President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled  his scheduled trip to Niger Republic.

Buhari was expected to travel to the country on Monday to join some world leaders for the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger.

Buhari, alongside the Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger were to participate in the event held on December 18 of every year to commemorate the founding of the Republic of Niger and creation of the Presidency.

Buhari was also expected to hold bilateral meetings with some of his counterparts before returning to Abuja the same day.

But Buhari did not embark on the trip on Monday as scheduled.

Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu explained that the President cancelled the trip because he felt satisfied that he had had useful discussions with President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger in the course of the weekend meeting of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja.

He added that after a telephone discussion with Issoufou on Sunday evening, Buhari decided to send Governors Aminu Masari, Ibrahim Gaidam and Kashim Shettima of Katsina, Yobe and Borno States respectively as well as the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs to represent him.

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The presidential spokesman said, “The event to which the President was invited is 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 Mahamadou Issoufou, in the course of the weekend meeting in Abuja, of the Economic Community of West African States.

“After a phone call last (Sunday) night, between the leaders, President Buhari decided to send a delegation made up of the three governors of Katsina, Yobe and Borno States along with the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs to represent him.”

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