Buhari in Hague: What is the Real Reason for the Visit?
On July 15, President Muhammadu Buhari left Abuja for Netherlands to participate in activities commemorating the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. President Buhari is the only world leader invited to deliver a keynote address during the Solemn Hearing to commemorate the anniversary at Courtroom 1 of the ICC'sHeadquarters at The Hague.
to have a bilateral meeting with the ICC Prosecutor, Ms Fatou Bensouda;
to attend a dinner hosted by Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, the President of the ICC (who is a Nigerian);
to meet with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, to discuss bilateral issues such as migration, peace and security, and economic cooperation;
to have a separate roundtable with some Dutch Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of companies based in Nigeria with a view to urging them to expand their investments, especially in agriculture, oil and gas in Nigeria;
to tour the Port of Rotterdam and Shell refinery Pernis, Hoogvliet;
to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral consultations with the Netherlands government.
M. Buhari's delegation includes: Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh; the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar; the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru; and the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman.