Arrangements are set for President Muhammad Buhari to leave for Germany on Wednesday night and return home on Saturday, SaharaReporters has gathered.
Although the upcoming journey is yet to be announced by the Presidency, the media agency was made to understand that barring a last-minute change of plans, he will jet out of Abuja late on Wednesday, to arrive in Berlin in the early hours of Thursday.
According to his schedule, President Buhari will reportedly hold bilateral meetings slated for Thursday and Friday, 13-14 October, and pay a visit to a local hospital.
Recall that a couple of months ago the president traveled to London, UK, for a minor ear treatment though this time, it is unclear what medical problem he will be attending to.
Meanwhile, speaking on Monday during an audience with the Foreign Minister of Germany, Frank-Walters Steinmeier, at State House, Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari asked for the help of Germany in curbing oil theft in Nigeria through assistance in the areas of equipment, training, and sharing of intelligence with the Nigeria navy.
He told the visitor that the security challenge in the North-east of the country was under control, with Boko Haram largely defeated.
The president said:
“Nigeria’s oil is stolen, and taken away through the Gulf of Guinea. Adequate training and equipping of our navy will prevent this.
“But another serious form of insecurity has reared its head in the Niger Delta. The objective is to colonize the country economically by sabotaging oil and gas installations. We are trying to speak with their leaders, to know how many groups there are, and we are also working with the oil companies.”
Mr. Steinmeier, in his response, said Germany was happy to hear of the strides taken by the Buhari administration against insurgents in the North-east, adding that they were equally willing to lend a helping hand in resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta.