The 27th ordinary session if African Union, AU, is holding this weekend.
The AU meeting is believed to be crucial as African nations will.be launching its AU passport.
The international passport will allow holders to travel to any African country without visa.
Surprisingly, President Muhammadu backed out of the summit lately and had sent Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to represent him.
According to a statement released by the presidency, “Buhari will be represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the African Union Summit formally opening on Sunday in Kigali, Rwanda.
“The 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) is scheduled to hold from 17 to 18 July, 2016.
“A retreat of African Heads of State and Governments has been scheduled for tomorrow July 16 ahead of the formal summit opening on Sunday.
The Session has been preceded by the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC).
Also, the 28th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the Union at the ministerial level ended today.
“The AU summit theme is African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women.
“2016 is also being celebrated by the Union as the year of Human Rights.
“One aim of the summit is raising awareness on human and peoples’ rights, particularly women’s rights.
“It also seeks on taking stock of progress or efforts made, including major challenges and/or obstacles encountered.
“Prof. Osinbajo is accompanied by Finance Minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe among other functionaries.
“The diplomatic team leaves for Kigali today (Saturday) and is expected back on Monday,” the statement read.
State house sources declined to say why the President is not attending the all important event in Kigali, Rwanda.
Last month, the president cancelled a string of both local and international functions.
It later turned out he was medically challenged of which he took a trip to United Kingdom for medical leave.