President Muhammadu Buhari is participating alongside other Commonwealth leaders to reaffirm common values, address the shared global challenges
The president is due to hold discussions on Nigeria – British relations with Prime Minister, Theresa May, a week ahead of the commencement of Commonwealth meetings.
The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.
Next Monday, April 18, 2018, the UK will host the Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) when leaders from all the member countries are expected to gather in London and Windsor.
The Commonwealth leaders are expected to come together to reaffirm common values, address the shared global challenges face and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, particularly young people.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), in a statement released on Sunday, April 8, 2018, said the President will meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Ben van Beurden in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15b in Nigeria’s oil industry.
"These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society."
The statement added that President Buhari will also renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the President on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and Worldwide.
Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain.
In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari participated alongside other leaders his first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) outing in Malta.
The President had then made a case for the establishment of a Commonwealth Committee to oversee the provision of greater assistance and support to Nigeria and other member-countries which have been adversely affected by the scourge of terrorism.
President Buhari while speaking at a banquet hosted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for Heads of State and Government expressed the hope that the committee would have been established before the next meeting of the organisation.