President Buhari flies to attend Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS AND ECOWAS SUMMITS in Lome on Sunday

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President Muhammadu Buhari is set to fly to Lome, Republic of Togo on Sunday to participate in two high-level meetings. According to a report signed by the President’s aid on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, and as shared today on facebook by Femi Adesi


President Buhari flies to attend Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS AND ECOWAS SUMMITS in Lome on Sunday

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to fly to Lome, Republic of Togo on Sunday to participate in two high-level meetings. According to a report signed by the President’s aid on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, and as shared today on facebook by Femi Adesina; the president is expected to have an interactive session at the Nigerian embassy with the Nigerian community based in Togo on his arrival.


The report read in part:
“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) with a view to forging concerted strategies in tackling the menace of terrorism, trans-border crimes and other forms of violent extremism.


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


According to him, “terrorism now transcends international boundaries, and no country can combat the scourge alone.”


While in Lome, the Nigerian delegation will also participate in a meeting on a Single Currency for ECOWAS with the deadline of 2020. 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.


On Tuesday, President Buhari will 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.


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 Garba, The President is expected to be accompanied by Governors Ben Ayade and Abubakar Bello of Cross River and Niger States respectively and many other top government functionaries.


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