Buhari departs Abuja for Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit, other meetings in Lome, Togo

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, departed Abuja on Sunday for Lome, Togo, to participate in two high-level meetings.

Presidential Spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement, released in Abuja that “on arrival, the President will have an interactive session at the Nigerian embassy with the Nigerian community based in Togo. On Monday, President Buhari will attend the Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit which will deliberate on common security threats to countries in West Africa and members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) with a view to forging concerted strategies in tackling the menace of terrorism, trans-border crimes and other forms of violent extremism.”

President Buhari had expressed 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 29 June, 2018, in Katsina.

According to Buhari, “terrorism now transcends international boundaries, and no country can combat the scourge alone.”

The Presidential statement noted that “while in Lome, the Nigerian delegation will also participate in a meeting on a Single Currency for ECOWAS with the deadline of 2020. Being the largest economy not only in West Africa but also on the continent, Nigeria’s leadership role in this sub-regional aspiration cannot be over-emphasised.

"On Tuesday, President Buhari 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 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. 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 the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau; and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.

"The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno; the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar; and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, are also in the President’s delegation.”
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