State Visit to Nigeria

At the request of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, the Governor General visited West Africa from October 23 to 30, 2018 where she undertook a State visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from October 28 to 30.

Sunday, October 28

Upon arrival in Abuja, Her Excellency was greeted by Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Mohammed Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and Ms. Amy Galigan, Acting High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria. A guard of honour was also present.

Monday, October 29

The Governor General spoke with His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, to discuss bilateral relations between Canada and Nigeria. She met with teams of graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels and teachers of the African University of Science and Technology. Joined by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, she took part in a discussion with representatives of the National Space Research and Development Agency on Nigeria’s efforts in the aerospace field. She then gave a presentation on space to primary and secondary students.

Tuesday, October 30

Accompanied by Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, the Governor General opened a new biosecurity laboratory funded by Canada in partnership with Lagos State. Her Excellency also visited a public school to interact with students taking part in the CodeLagos program and delivered brief opening remarks on the occasion of a lunch discussion, which brought together members of the Lagos business community.