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Buhari set to travel to Togo for ECOWAS meeting

Valentine Chinyem

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President Muhammadu Buhari will leave for the for Lome, the Republic of Togo, for two high-level meetings of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

This was made known in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. According to the statement, the President would meet with the Nigerian community based in Togo upon arrival.

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).

“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,’’ he noted.

According to the presidential aide, President Buhari will on Tuesday, 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,” He said.

“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 would be accompanied by Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River and Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger.

Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau and 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.

More so, the Nigerian delegation would also participate in a meeting on a Single Currency for ECOWAS with the deadline of 2020.

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