Buhari heads to Malabo, signs pact on Niger Delta
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja today for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 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.
According to a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President will, during his visit to Malabo, hold 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.
Adesina said the conclusion and signing of an agreement by Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea for the establishment of a combined maritime policing and security patrol committee on Tuesday is expected to be the major outcome of Buhari's talks with his host.
He added that the two leaders 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.
He said, 'Both leaders will also confer 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 summit was to have been hosted by Equatorial Guinea last year but was postponed because of Nigeria's general elections.
'In accordance with the main focus and agenda of the trip, President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.); the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.) and other senior security officials.
'He is scheduled to return to Abuja on Tuesday.'
Meanwhile, the President on Sunday congratulated the National President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Rev. Felix Omobude.
Omobude, who is the General Superintendent, Gospel Light International Ministries, clocks 70 on Monday.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, the President saluted the clergyman's vision, charisma and strength of character which he said have seen him dutifully fulfil his pastoral calling over the years, as he has largely demonstrated his love for a united and prosperous Nigeria.
The statement read in part, 'The President also commends his invaluable contribution to nation building and development through his teachings and exemplary leadership, which continue to inspire many of his followers and admirers to work hard and improve their communities.'