Buhari attends ECOWAS summit in Burkina Faso Saturday

President Buhari of Nigeria

By Sam Tor

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for a one-day ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Extraordinary Summit on Counter-Terrorism.

Special Adviser to the President on Media, Femi Adesina, in a statement Friday said 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.

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

While in Burkina Faso, 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 will be accompanied by Governors Abubakar Bello of Niger State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd).

Also on the President’s entourage are the National Security Adviser, Maj-General Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.