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Boko Haram: Buhari Off To Cameroon With Six Govs

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

* Travels To Benin Republic On Saturday

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Abuja for Cameroon on Wednesday for talks with President Paul Biya and senior Cameroonian government officials to build a more effective regional coalition against Boko Haram.

The talks between the two leaders are expected to focus on the full activation and deployment of the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram, which has been established under the auspices  of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

An Aso Rock press statement explained that Buhari and Biya would also discuss further joint measures to curb terrorism, violent extremism and other cross-border crimes.

 The President would be accompanied on the two-day trip by six state governors as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence  and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency.

The statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, listed the state governors on the President’s entourage as Mohammed Bindow (Adamawa); Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom); Samuel Ortom (Benue); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Ben Ayade (Cross River); and Darius Ishaku (Taraba).

Buhari’s visit to Yaounde will also afford him the opportunity to meet with Nigerians living in Cameroon before he returns to Abuja on Thursday.

On Saturday, Buhari would undertake a one-day trip to Benin Republic for talks with President Boni Yayi to round off the diplomatic shuttles to neighbouring countries, which he embarked upon on assumption of office to strengthen regional co-operation against terrorism and make it much harder for Boko Haram to operate across national boundaries.