President Muhammadu Buhari is to travel to Malabo, in continuation of the Federal Government’s efforts to achieve greater security of lives, resources and investments in all parts of Nigeria and its sub-region.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president.
The statement said Buhari would be in Malabo on Monday 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 is expected to sign an agreement on Tuesday for the establishment of a combined maritime policing and security patrol committee during the visit.’’
According to the statement, both President’s 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,’’ it stated.
The statement maintained that the summit was to have been hosted by Equatorial Guinea last year but was postponed because of Nigeria’s general elections.
The President, according to the statement, will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Defence, Rtd. Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, the National Security Adviser, Rtd. Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno and other senior security officials.
The president is scheduled to return to Abuja on Tuesday, the statement added. (NAN)