Buhari to Attend Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit in Togo

By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari will Sunday leave Abuja for Lome, Republic of Togo, to participate in two high-level meetings.

According to presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari will on arrival, have an interactive session at the Nigerian embassy with the Nigerian community based in Togo.

According to him, Buhari will on Monday, attend the Joint Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)/ Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) summit which he said would deliberate on common security threats to countries in West Africa and members of ECCAS with a view to forging concerted strategies in tackling the menace of terrorism, trans-border crimes and other forms of violent extremism.

The statement recalled that Buhari had expressed support for the proposed ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit when he received the current Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo on June 29, 2018 in Katsina State.

Buhari reportedly told Gnassingbe that “terrorism now transcends international boundaries, and no country can combat the scourge alone.”

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The statement added that while in Lome, the Nigerian delegation will also participate in a meeting on a single currency for ECOWAS with the deadline of 2020.
It also said 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.

The statement further said that on Tuesday, Buhari will join other leaders of the sub-region for the 53rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

It added: “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.

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“At the end of the session, a new Chair of the ECOWAS Authority is expected to take over from the incumbent and host.”

According to Shehu, Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Ben Ayade and Abubakar Bello of Cross River and Niger States respectively. Others as listed by him are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau; and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.

Also involved are 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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