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President Buhari Attends ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit in Togo With Kemi Adeosun

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to leave for Lome, Togo on Sunday 29th July 2018 where he will be attending a joint session between the Economic Community of West African States and the Economic Community of Central African States.

This was announced in a statement by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu on his Official Twitter handle.

The full statement can be found below;

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

On arrival, the President will have an interactive session at the Nigerian embassy with the Nigerian community based in Togo.

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.

President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Ben Ayade and Abubakar Bello of Cross River and Niger States respectively.

Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, ; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Finance, ; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau; and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, .

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno; the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; the DG of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar; and the Governor of , Godwin Emefiele, are also in the President’s delegation.



In an exclusive report by Premium Times, Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun was accused forging her NYSC Exemption and no word has been heard from her or the Presidency either to dissuade such report or offer an explanation.

She has however held a closed-door meeting with President Buhari after the report by Premium Times.




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