By Aishat Salihu
President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday for Monrovia, Liberia to attend the 172nd Independence Anniversary Celebrations of the country.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday.
The statement noted that apart from being the Special Guest of Honour at the event, President Buhari will receive “The Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers,” Republic of Liberia’s highest national honour.
Shehu also explained that the award is earned against the backdrop of the outstanding and distinguished service of the Nigerian government in international affairs, government, religion, art, science or commerce, and also for singular acts of philanthropy and deeds of heroism and valour.
President Buhari is due to travel in the company of Governors Kayode Fayemi, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and Mai Mala Buni of Ekiti, Kwara and Yobe States respectively, as well as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mustapha Sulaiman, and other top government officials who are expected back in the country later on Friday.