President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Saturday to attend the one-day Economic Community of West African States Heads of State and Government Extraordinary Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Given the growing threat of terrorism in the sub-region, the West African leaders had called for the meeting to review different initiatives taken so far and redefine the priority intervention areas for the containment of the worrisome attacks in the region.

Adesina revealed that the decision to convene the summit was reached at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja on June 29, 2019.

He said “In Ouagadougou, ECOWAS leaders are expected to adopt a priority action plan on counter-terrorism and put in place a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the measures adopted towards ensuring lasting peace in the sub-region,”

President Buhari would be accompanied by Abubakar Bello, Dapo Abiodun and Okezie Ikpeazu – governors of Niger, Ogun and Abia states respectively.

Other members on the entourage include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Abubakar.


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