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Memorandum of Understanding.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), returned from Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday evening.

He landed in Abuja after his three-day state visit to the President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal.

He embarked on the state visit on June 29. While in Portugal, Mr. President signed several memoranda of understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Portugal for cooperation in certain areas.

Thes areas include political consultations, diplomatic training, research, and the exchange of information and documentation.

Another aspect of cooperation he signed between Nigeria and Portugal is in the…

…fields of culture, women and girls development, empowerment and gender affairs, youth, and sports.

The broader partnership between Nigeria and Portugal beyond oil and gas was also called for…

Especially in areas like security and aviation.

According to Nigeria’s president, Nigeria being Portugal’s major supplier of natural gas could extend the supply to other European countries.

This is due to the scarcity of natural gas in the continent due to the recent Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Memorandum of Understnading: Buhari at the UN Ocean Conference

At the United Nations Conference, President Buhari pledged the commitment of Nigeria…

…to reducing the menace of marine plastic pollution from land-based sources/activities.

He also pledged the country’s commitment to protecting the diversity of marine life in its ocean domain.

Memorandum of Understanding: Highlights of Buhari’s past diplomatic travels

Buhari has visited 11 countries so far this year.

  • He joined other African leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads and Government of the African Union.
  • On 15 February 2022, he embarked on a trip to Brussels, Belgium. During this visit, he participated in the 6th Europe-Africa Summit.
    • In Belgium, he called for a new deal to prioritise Africa’s needs.
    • He also called for more opportunities to be created for Africans at home.
    • Plus, to providing better alternatives to desperate journeys through the Mediterranean.
  • Mr President earlier had a bilateral meeting with the Czech President, Milos Zeman.
    • He will be visiting the country later in the year on the invitation of the Czech counterparts.
  • In March 2022, President Buhari paid a courtesy visit to Nairobi, Kenya. In his visit, he participated in the 50th anniversary of the UN Environmental Programme.
  • Also in March, he went on a medical trip to London, United Kingdom.
  • Exactly on May 9, Mr. President went on another trip to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
    • The trip was to attend the United Nations conference on desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration, and implications for national and world economies.
    • The wave of coups in West Africa and the slow response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the continent were discussed.

Memorandum of Understanding: Other highlights

  • On May 19, he landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
    • It was a condolence visit on the passing of the former president and ruler of Abu Dhabi.
    • During the condolence visit, he met with the new UAE President, Sheikh Mohamed Al Nahyan.
  • On Children’s Day (May 27), President Buhari left for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
    • He went for the African Union Extra-ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
    • The 3-day summit, from May 26 to May 28, focused on security, migration, refugees, returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
  • On May 32, he honoured the invitation of the Spainish President, Pedro Sanchez for a 3-day visit.
    • While in Spain, he visited Spanish royalties, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.
  • On June 4, he attended an extra-ordinary summit of the ECOWAS Authourity of Heads of State and Government in Accra, Ghana.
    • The summit centered on the political situation in Mali and the sub-region.
  • On June 22, President Mohammadu Buhari attended the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. The meeting lasted for seven days from June 20 to June 26.
  • At the 2022 summit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government, he joined other independent country leaders of Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Pacific.
    • Discussion was on the progress and prosperity of more than two billion people living in the countries that make up the Commonwealth.

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