Buhari returns after marking 80th birthday in US

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from Washington DC where he participated in the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit.

The president’s arrival Sunday, December 18, 2022, comes hours after marking his 80th birthday on Saturday evening.

The Summit, which was held from December 13 to 15, 2022, in Washington DC, highlighted the U.S. commitment to expanding and deepening partnerships with African countries, institutions, and people.

Last Sunday, the Nigerian leader arrived in the US for the summit. He thereafter joined other African leaders for the event aimed at rebooting United States relations on the continent in Washington DC.

The US-Africa summit which began in 2014 is the biggest international gathering in Washington since the COVID-19 pandemic and the most substantial commitment by a US administration to boosting its influence in Africa for almost a decade.

At the summit, US president, Joe Biden, hailed President Buhari for deepening democracy in Nigeria and Africa.

He also urged African countries holding elections next year, to ensure they held peaceful and transparent polls.

President Buhari used the opportunity to woo US investors to Nigeria, assuring them that the atmosphere was conducive to do business. (Ripples Nigeria)