NIGERIAN PRESIDENT VISITING EQUATORIAL GUINEA MONDAY

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Monday for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in continuation of his government’s efforts to achieve greater security for lives, resources and investments in the Niger Delta and Gu;g of Guinea.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, said in a statement here Sunday that Buhari was travelling to Malabo for talks with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea on further measures to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea.

“Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea are expected to sign an agreement on Tuesday for the establishment of a combined maritime policing and security patrol committee during the visit,” added the statement.

Presidents Buhari and Mbasogo are also expected to discuss and agree on other collaborative measures to combat crimes such as piracy, crude oil theft, attacks on oil rigs, arms smuggling and human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea.

“Both leaders will also discuss on the rescheduling of the joint summit of the Economic Community of West African States and the Economic Community of Central African States, on additional cooperative measures to curb terrorism and violent extremism in West and Central Africa,” the statement said.

The summit was to have been hosted by Equatorial Guinea last year but was postponed because of Nigeria’s general election.

President Buhari, who will be accompanied by Defence Minister Mansur Dan-Ali, National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno and other senior security officials, is scheduled to return to Abuja on Tuesday, the statement added.

Source: Nam News Network

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