Nigeria: Abuja to host international summit on security on Saturday

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, will on Saturday in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, host an international summit on security.

The summit, to be attended by representatives of the United States, Britain, European and African countries, is in furtherance of on-going efforts by the Nigerian government to enhance the security of lives, properties and investments in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

A statement issued by the Nigerian Presidency Tuesday said participants in the summit will also include President Francois Hollande of France.

President Hollande hosted the first Regional Security Summit on sub-Saharan Africa in Paris on 17 May, 2014.

According to the statement, signed by Nigerian Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, "President Buhari and the French President who is scheduled to arrive Abuja on Friday will be joined at the summit by the Presidents of Cameroon, Niger Republic, Chad  and Benin Republic.

“The United States, Britain, Equatorial Guinea, the European Union, ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States and the Gulf of Guinea Commission will also be represented at the summit which will have the successful conclusion of on-going military operations against Boko Haram at the top of its agenda."

The speedy resolution of the humanitarian crises caused by the barbaric atrocities of the terrorist group will also feature prominently on the summit's agenda, the statement indicated.

Mr Adesina also stated that new agreements on further defence and cultural cooperation between Nigeria and France would be concluded and signed after talks between the two Presidents and their officials.
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10 may 2016 13:41:21

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