Buhari breaks out in smiles meeting former president Olusegun Obasanjo

President Muhammadu Buhari’s well-kept behind-the-scene ebullient image has been in full display in Addis-Ababa, during the 33rd Ordinary Session of the African Union.

In all his interactions during the trip, apart from the opening session of the summit, where he wore his old military no-nonsense, stern visage, Buhari is seen everywhere else cracking smiles or making others around him to do so.

He was all smiles when he met one of his predecessors Olusegun Obasanjo and neighbouring President Issoufou of Niger. The Nigerian leader was cheerful too at the meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Compare: Buhari’s stern, military non-nonsense visage here at the opening of the summit

Buhari’s smiles here infectious: with Trudeau

Just cheerful: Buhari with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia

Buhari with Akinwumi Adesina of AfDB and President Issoufou of Niger

Buhari,middle, Akufo-Addo, right at the breakfast meeting for science and tech

Buhari banters with Abike Dabiri-Erewa, PM Abiy and others around

The joke is on Team PMB here: Governors Hope Uzodinma, Ben Ayade, Akinwumi Adesina can’t stop laughing.Foreign Minister Goeffrey Onyeama wears some smiles too

President Buhari will begin a state visit to Ethiopia on Monday.