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Buhari to attend ECOWAS counter-terrorism summit in Burkina Faso

PRESIDENT Mohammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Saturday to attend a one-day Extraordinary Summit on Counter-Terrorism, for Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Head of States in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president made this known through a statement in Abuja on Friday.

The decision to hold the summit according to the aide was reached during the 55th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Authority Head of States and Government in June and would serve as an avenue to review previous initiatives explored already and update crucial intervention areas to counter terrorists attacks within the sub-regions.

“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,’’ Adesina said.

Governors Abubakar Bello of Niger, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia states would accompany the president to Burkina Faso.

Some other members on the entourage would include the Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bashir Magashi, Minister of Defence, Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser, and Ahmed Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

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