In a statement signed by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the Federal government has announced that President Buhari will host the second Regional Security Summit in Abuja on Saturday, May 14th, 2016.
According to the statement, this is in furtherance of the ongoing efforts by Buhari’s administration to enhance the security of lives, properties and investments in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
Participants in the summit will include President Francois Hollande of France who hosted the first Regional Security Summit in Paris on May 17th, 2014.
President Buhari and the French President who is scheduled to arrive Abuja on Friday on an official visit to Nigeria will be joined at the summit by the Presidents of Cameroon, Niger Republic, Chad and Benin Republic.
The United States, Britain, Equatorial Guinea, the European Union, the Economic Community of Central African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission will also be represented at the summit which will have the successful conclusion of ongoing military operations against Boko Haram at the top of its agenda.
According to the statement, 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.
It is expected that new agreements on further defence and cultural cooperation between Nigeria and France will be concluded and signed after talks between the two Presidents and their officials.