President Muhammadu Buhari, will depart Abuja for London, United Kingdom, to join other world leaders invited to attend the coronation of King Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as His Majesty the King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort of the United Kingdom respectively.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina made this known in a statement on Wednesday.
Adesina said the President will depart for London, United Kingdom on Wednesday for the coronation slated for Saturday, May 6.
“Ahead of the coronation, the Commonwealth Secretariat will take advantage of the gathering of leaders in London to host a Commonwealth Summit for Presidents and Heads of Government of Commonwealth countries on Friday, May 5.
“President Buhari is billed to participate in the Summit which will deliberate on the Future of the Commonwealth and the Role of the Youth,”
King Charles ascended the British throne on September 8, 2023, after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The President will be accompanied by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen Babagana Monguno (Rtd); the Director General, National Intelligence Agency, (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar; the Chairperson of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa; and other senior government officials.
Buhari in November met with King Charles III in Buckingham Palace to foster Nigeria’s bilateral relationship with the United Kingdom.
Nigeria, formerly a Great Britain colony, had attained independence on October 1, 1960 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II who died in September 2022 at the ripe age of 96.