Nigerian Delegates To Also Attend Summit
Republic of Togo, will be visited by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, he depart Abuja for Lome to participate in two high-level meetings.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, revealed this in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday.
The President, on his arrival at Lome, would have an interactive session with the Nigerian community based in Togo at the Nigerian Embassy.
Buhari, on Monday will attend the Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit.
He said the summit would deliberate on common security threats to countries in West Africa and members of the Economic Community of Central African States with a view to forging concerted strategies in tackling the menace of terrorism, trans-border crimes and other forms of violent extremism.
He revealed that the President has always expressed his support for the proposed ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit when he received the current Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo on June 29, 2018 in Katsina.
“Terrorism now transcends international boundaries, and no country can combat the scourge alone,” Buhari was qouted to have said.
Shehu added that Nigerian delegation while in Lome, will also participate in a meeting on a Single Currency for ECOWAS with the deadline of 2020.
He said being the largest economy not only in West Africa but also on the continent, Nigeria’s leadership role in the sub-regional aspiration cannot be over-emphasised.
Buhari, on Tuesday will join other leaders of the sub-region for the 53rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
This session, he added, will be dominated by the political and security situations in Guinea Bissau, Mali and Togo; institutional reforms of the ECOWAS Commission to enhance its effectiveness; illegal migration of Africans to Europe; and the worrisome violent clashes between herders and farmers, among other issues.
The statement added, “At the end of the session, a new Chair of the ECOWAS Authority is expected to take over from the incumbent and host.
“President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Ben Ayade and Abubakar Bello of Cross River and Niger States respectively. Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau; and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.
“The National Security Adviser , Babagana Monguno; the Chief of Defence Staff , Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, are also in the President’s delegation.”Read More Latest News and Updates HERE
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