Buhari Goes To Netherlands
July 15, 2018 is another day of travel for President Muhammadu Buhari.
This time, he will be heading to Europe and Netherlands will be his destination.
It is the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), at The Hague and the Nigerian leader is representing his nation which is a member state.
A statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari would depart Nigeria's capital, Abuja, on Sunday, July 15, for the Netherlands and would participate in commemoration activities.
"President Buhari is the only world leader invited to deliver a keynote address during the Solemn Hearing to commemorate the anniversary at Courtroom 1 of the ICC’s Headquarters at The Hague.
"In buttressing Nigeria’s commitment as a member of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, the President, as the current anti-corruption champion for the African Union, will use the global platform to reaffirm Nigeria’s support to the fundamental values of the Rome Statute and to the ideals of the ICC.
"He will also highlight his administration’s campaign against corruption in Nigeria.
"After the event at the Courtroom, the President will have a bilateral meeting with the ICC Prosecutor, Ms Fatou Bensouda," the statement read.
President Buhari will also attend a dinner hosted by Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, the President of the ICC who is a Nigerian.
The Nigerian leader, while in The Hague, will meet with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, to discuss bilateral issues such as migration, peace and security, and economic cooperation.
President Buhari and his delegation will have a separate round-table with some Dutch Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of companies based in Nigeria with a view to urging them to expand their investments, especially in agriculture, oil and gas in Nigeria.
He will also tour the Port of Rotterdam and Shell refinery Pernis, Hoogvliet.
"On the margins of the President’s visit, Nigeria and the Netherlands will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral consultations.
"President Buhari’s delegation to the Netherlands will include Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami," Mr Adesina added.
Others are the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh; the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar; the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru; and the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman.
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