Buhari To Attend 3rd Dakar International Forum On Peace And Security In Africa

Buhari To Attend 3rd Dakar International Forum On Peace And Security In AfricaPresident Muhammadu Buhari will attend the Third Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa in Dakar, Senegal, from December 5-6, 2016.

The President’s Spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

President Buhari however had a closed-door meeting with the President of Liberia, Mrs Hellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Both leaders began the private discussion shortly after President Sirleaf arrived in the nation’s capital earlier on Monday.

After the meeting, President Buhari is expected to leave Abuja to attend the peace forum which is being convened by President Macky Sall of Senegal, with support from the African Union to discuss security-related challenges on the continent.

It will be attended by African leaders and representatives of regional and international organisations.

President Buhari is scheduled to participate in the Panel of Heads of State on Tuesday, December 6.

The President, who has identified improved security in Nigeria as a priority for development, shares the vision of the forum in finding lasting solutions to security challenges on the continent, notably terrorism and violent extremism, piracy, drugs, child and human trafficking.

In Dakar, the Nigerian leader will use the occasion of his participation in the forum to continue his active engagement with political authorities on the need for enhanced security cooperation in the region.

The theme of the two-day Forum is, “Africa and its Security Challenges: Perspectives for Effective Solutions’’.

Corruption: Former Senegalese President’s Son Released From Prison

Karim Wade, Senegal, The son of Senegal’s former president, Karim Wade, was released from prison after being granted a presidential pardon, a spokesman for President Macky Sall and Wade’s lawyer said on Friday.

Wade, who served three years in prison, had been convicted on corruption charges, sentenced to six years and ordered to pay a fine of $138 billion ($232.23 million) CFA francs.

The presidential decree included pardons for Wade and two others who had been sentenced for “illegal enrichment”. A press release from the presidency added that payment of the fine was not covered by the pardon.

Wade’s lawyer, Amadou Sall said his client had left the West African country immediately after his release.

When President Sall was elected in 2012 he had pledged to fight corruption, but opposition members and critics said the decision to imprison Wade was a political move intended to eliminate dissent.

A United Nations panel also criticized the government last year, saying that Wade had been detained arbitrarily and calling for the payment of unspecified compensation to the former head of four ministries.

Wade’s Senegalese Democratic Party chose him as their presidential candidate for the 2019 polls while he was in prison but it was not immediately clear whether he was still eligible for the post.

Buhari Explains Choice Of Obasanjo As Mediator In Guinea Bissau Crisis

I Enlisted Obasanjo’s Help To Mediate In Political Crisis In Guinea Bissau - BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari says he decided to enlist the assistance of a former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, to mediate in the political crisis in Guinea Bissau because of his wide political and military experience.

In a meeting on Saturday with the President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Bavz, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) holding in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Buhari also said he had considered the former President’s strong commitment to the unity of Nigeria and Africa before choosing him.

In a statement, a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted President Buhari as saying that he sent former President Obasanjo because he was the only person living or dead that has ruled Nigeria for 11 years.

“I served under him as a military Head of State. He has a strong commitment to Nigeria and Africa. That was why I looked for him and asked him to collaborate with President Macky Sall of Senegal to stabilise the situation of Guinea Bissau,” President Buhari explained.

While appreciating President Bavz’s expression of thanks for Nigeria’s support during the crisis in his country, President Buhari told him that the support Nigeria gave to his country was the least Nigeria could do to stabilise Guinea Bissau. He assured him that he could count on Nigeria’s support at all times.

President Bavz had said he came to thank President Buhari for everything Nigeria had done for his country, adding that he had been looking forward to such an opportunity.

“I am not in a position to assist you but I pray for you every day. I want to take you as my big brother and share from your experience. Nigeria is part of the solution and stability of my country,” he said.