President Muhammadu Buhari, accompanied by his wife Aisha Buhari and two of his children, Yusuf and Halima, was seen at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport with the FCT Minister, his Chief of Staff and other senior Government officials as he departs Abuja for Istanbul, Turkey.
Prior to the D-8 Summit, President Buhari, at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will pay an official working visit to Ankara, the capital city, for talks on areas of common interest between Nigeria and Turkey.
These are in the areas of defense cooperation, security, educational and migration issues.
Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) reports that the Nigerian leader will also visit the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara where he will meet with the Speaker, Ismail Kahraman.
During the ninth Summit of the D-8, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the organization established to improve the developing countries’ positions in the world economy, the President will highlight the significant show of confidence in Nigeria’s business environment and economy.
He will also affirm Nigeria’s resolve to work with D-8 member-countries on many key areas, including peace and security, economy and trade.
President Buhari had earlier on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja before leaving for Turkey.