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Hollande, Buhari, Biya For Regional Security Summit Saturday

Posted: May 11, 2016 at 4:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)





President Muhammadu Buhari will host the second regional security summit on terrorism on May 14, 2016.

The summit, among other contemporary security issues, will deliberate on successful conclusion of ongoing military operations against Boko Haram, a terrorist sect that has wreaked havoc in parts of Nigeria, especially the North East.

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.

Among participants expected at the summit are President Francois Hollande of France who hosted the first regional security summit in Paris on May 17, 2014.

Representatives from 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 feature prominently at the summit.

A statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President on Media and Publicity, said the French president is scheduled to arrive in Abuja on Friday on an official visit to Nigeria where he would be joined at the summit by the presidents of Cameroon, Niger Republic, Chad and Benin Republic.

Before proceeding to the summit, Buhari will receive President Hollande and the French delegation at the Presidential Villa on Saturday morning.

It is expected 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.

The Nigerian president is currently attending international anti-corruption summit in London, where he would rally support from the international community for dismantling of safe havens for the proceeds of corruption and the subsequent return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.

He recently played host to Cameroonian President Paul Biya when they discussed other bilateral ties on security.