- President Buhari’s plane arrived at the Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja from Lisbon on Saturday
- During his stay in the foreign country of Buhari met with some representatives of Nigerian residents of Portugal
- The visit of the Nigerian Head of State to Portugal took place a few days after his participation in the 26th Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government in Rwanda
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after a five-day state visit to the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
The President arrived at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport around 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 2.
One of the President’s assistants, Femi Adesina, shared photos of Buhari with Ambassador of Nigeria to Portugal Amb. Alex Kefas and Nigerian Embassy officials t in the country just before he left Lisbon for Abuja.
Buhari had left for Portugal on Tuesday 28 June following his invitation from the Portuguese counterpart, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
During the trip, the Nigerian leader attended the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference 2022 and met with Carlos Moedas, Mayor of Lisbon. He was also awarded the ” Key of the City of Lisbon”.
Also, during the trip, Nigeria and Portugal signed several memorandums of understanding, including political consultations and diplomatic training, cooperation in the field of culture and women’s development and girls.
Buhari sends a message from Portugal
Ahead of the 2023 general election, President Buhari made a promise to remain neutral.
< p class="align-left">The Nigerian leader, who on Speaking Wednesday, June 29 from Lisbon, capital of Portugal, said he would give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a free hand to operate in a credible and fair election.
Buhari said this in the company of representatives of Nigerians living in Portugal whom he had met during his tour of duty in the foreign nation.
A timetable of Buhari’s visit in June
The Nigerian President visited no fewer than three countries in June.
On June 4, he traveled to Accra, Ghana to attend an extraordinary summit the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Authority on the political situation in Mali and other parts of the sub-region.
On June 22, President Buhari left Abuja for Kigali, Rwanda. on the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which took place from 20th to 26th June 2022.