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Amid Convoy, Kuje Attacks, Buhari Travels Out Of Country Again

On Wednesday, the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), traveled from Abuja to Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to attend the summit of the International Development Association for Africa.

Buhari is anticipated to participate in an open dialogue on development challenges, priorities, and transformational efforts during the summit with other African leaders, which will result in the Dakar Declaration as the final product.

The President left for the trip just 24 hours after a terrorist attack targeted a convoy of automobiles carrying his advance team of security guards, protocol officers, and media officers ahead of his travel to Daura for Sallah.

Additionally on Tuesday, bandits stormed the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja, which allowed detainees to flee the building. In the aftermath of the attack, 64 suspected Boko Haram militants managed to escape from the detention facility.

Buhari would be going to Dakar, according to Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who made the announcement shortly after word of the incidents broke.

The President has traveled 11 times this year, with four of those trips occurring in June alone.

Prior to the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, the President landed in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, on February 4.

On the 15th of the same month,  Buhari left Abuja to attend the 6th European Union-African Union Summit in Belgium.

On March 1, Buhari left Nigeria for Kenya to attend the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme. In the same month, Buhari went on a medical trip to the United Kingdom where he spent two weeks.

Not embarking on any travels in April, Buhari resumed international travels when he visited Cote D’Ivoire to attend the 16th Session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention To Combat Desertification which held on May 9. He also visited the United Arab Emirates to console with the country over the death of Sheikh Khalif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

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