Nigeria without a president as Osinbajo leaves Abuja for AU Summit in Addis

Ag. President Osinbajo
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday morning, left Nigeria for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to participate in the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU).

While the Acting President is away, Nigeria will, technically, be without a president following the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in the United Kingdom for close to 60 days on medical vacation.

Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the Vice-President) confirmed this development on his twitter handle on Monday in Abuja, although adding that the acting president is expected back in Abuja later today.

The presidential aide posted on the twitter handle as saying: “Acting President will be attending summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He leaves Abuja this morning and expected back later today.’’

The acting president and other Heads of State and Government of the AU Member states will be attending the opening ceremony of the session at the African Union Headquarters, Nelson Mandela Plenary Conference Hall, at 11:00 am.

The theme of the summit is: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth” while presentation on and moderation of the Theme will be handled by Mr. Idriss Deby, President of the Republic of Chad.

According to a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, other events expected at the 2017 AU summit include the inauguration of the Road Show for Dot Africa and the Annual AU Gender Score Card.
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