President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as His Majesty The King of the United Kingdom and Her Majesty The Queen Consort of the United Kingdom, respectively.
Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, revealed this in a statement on Wednesday.
Adesina stated that the President will depart on Wednesday for London, United Kingdom, for the coronation on Saturday, May 6.
“Ahead of the coronation, the Commonwealth Secretariat will take advantage of the gathering of leaders in London to host a Commonwealth Summit for Presidents and Heads of Government of Commonwealth countries on Friday, May 5.
“President Buhari is billed to participate in the Summit which will deliberate on the Future of the Commonwealth and the Role of the Youth,” the statement partly read.
The President will be accompanied by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen Babagana Monguno (Rtd); the Director General, National Intelligence Agency, (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar; the Chairperson of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa; and other senior government officials.
Buhari met with King Charles III in Buckingham Palace in November to strengthen Nigeria’s bilateral relationship with the United Kingdom.
The President stated that the current monarch, who was crowned king following his mother’s death, “speaks very well of Nigeria and wants the relationship to continue and, if possible, improve.”
Nigeria, formerly a Great Britain territory, gained independence on October 1, 1960, under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 2022 at the age of 96.