Buhari jets out to Malabo on Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will begin a two-legged trip out of Abuja on Friday, first to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for a summit and another five-day visit to his country home, Daura, in Katsina State.

He will be away till Wednesday next week.The Presidency explained on Thursday that Buhari would be in Malabo to attend the 5th Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit.

Other gas producing countries expected at the summit include Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Bolivia, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Kazakhstan and Norway.

The countries “account for 70 per cent and 80 per cent of global gas reserves and production respectively”, Presidential spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, said in a statement.

It noted, “The idea of the GECF was first mooted in 2001 when the First Ministerial Meeting held in Tehran, Iran, while the First GECF otherwise called Gas Summit, took place in Doha, Qatar in 2011 with Nigeria represented at the highest level.

“Indeed, President Buhari had attended the Third Gas Summit in Tehran in November 2015. This Fifth Gas Summit in Malabo is the first time the biennial meeting will be hosted in Africa.”

An invitation to Buhari to attend the summit was delivered to him on November 19 by the Special Envoy of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Mr Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, in Abuja.