Buhari In UK For London Anti-Corruption Summit

Muhammadu Buhari in London Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit which will begin at the Lancaster house on Thursday.

President Buhari’s jet touched the Heathrow airport at 5:10pm, local time and he was received by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, the National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom (UK).

In an interview with reporters on arrival in London, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mister Femi Adesina, said the fact that the President was invited to speak at the summit laid credence to President Buhari’s commitment to the fight against corruption.

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President Muhammadu Buhari hopes to push for faster repatriation of stolen funds

President Buhari is attending the Summit amidst comments by the British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron that described his nation as ‘fantastically corrupt’.

Mr Cameron was caught on camera telling Queen Elizabeth that UK would host some ‘fantastically corrupt’ countries on Thursday, mentioning Nigeria and Afghanistan as part of that category.

The Nigerian government had responded to that comment, saying it did not reflect the current administration’s efforts in the fight against corruption.

Buhari Leads Security Team To Malabo

buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari is leading a national security team to Malabo for talks with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea on further measures to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and the Gulf of Guinea.

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 President Buhari’s meeting with his host.

In a statement by the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, both leaders would 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.

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 (rtd.), the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and other senior security officials.

The President is expected to return to Abuja on Tuesday.

Jonathan To Attend African Union’s Peace and Security Council Meeting

JonathanThe Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, will be among some African leaders that will participate in a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council scheduled to hold in Kenya on Tuesday.

A statement by a spokesman for President Jonathan, Ruben Abati, said that the President would travel to Nairobi on Monday.

The Nairobi meeting is a follow-up to talks by President Jonathan and other African leaders at Pretoria, South Africa, in May on joint action against terrorism.

The meeting will receive and consider the report of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa.

Deliberations at the Nairobi Summit and the adoption of the African Chairperson’s Report by President Jonathan, President Uhuru Kenyatta and other participating Heads of State are expected to lead to more collaborative actions by Nigeria and other African countries in the fight against terrorism.

It is aimed solely at riding the continent of acts of terrorism and violent extremism.

According to the statement, the Nigerian President will be accompanied to the Nairobi Summit by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and other advisers and aides.

The team will return to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, at the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday.

Jonathan Meets With Security Chiefs, Governors

FEC_nigeriaThe President’s meeting with security chiefs and PDP governors has ended at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting examined recent security events and developments in the country.

Although, the outcome of the meeting was not made public, those present include the governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Benue, Delta, Abia, Enugu, Anambra and Jigawa states.

Others were the Plateau, Kogi, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Gombe, Katsina and Niger State governors as well as Taraba State’s Acting Governor, and the deputy governors of Bayelsa and Kebbi states.

They were joined by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General Of National Intelligence Agency.

Also present was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior.

No APC governor was present at the expanded meeting.

However, another Security Council meeting would hold next Wednesday with all governors, irrespective of political party expected to attend.

Northern Govs Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Security Situation

northern_governorsAn emergency meeting of Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has been scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014 at the Niger State Governor’s Lodge, Jose Marti Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja at 4:00 p.m.

A statement made available to Channels  Television said that the meeting was called out of concern to address the incessant attacks and systematic killings of innocent people going on in the region, which has become a source of embarrassment and great concern to the Forum.

The statement explained that the meeting would discuss the increasing incidences of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local communities, as well as reckless massacre and kidnapping of people across the Northern States.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has been in a meeting with members of the  National Security Council in the Presidential Villa to review recent  security events and developments in the country.

Those present  at the meeting include Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior are also present at the meeting.

The meeting of the National Security Council would be followed by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors.

Jonathan Summons Governors, Others To Security Meeting

jonathan_gesticulationFollowing an attack on Nyanya Motor Park on Monday morning and the abduction of 200 school girls in Borno on Tuesday, the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday summoned all 36 governors and others to a security meeting.

In a statement, the President’s aide on media and publicity, Reuben Abaati, disclosed that the meeting would hold on Thursday at the Presidential Villa.

According to the statement, “the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency” would be at the National Security Council meeting.

The security meeting “will be followed at 13:00 Hours by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors” to review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

Although there have been criticisms against President Jonathan, Abati said the President wanted all Nigerians and persons living in the country to know that “the Federal Government remains very mindful of its responsibility for the safety of their lives and property in all parts of Nigeria and will continue to do everything possible to protect them from the scourge of terrorism and insecurity”.

Abati further stated that “the President is particularly concerned about the plight of the young Senior Secondary School girls who were reportedly abducted from their school in Borno State on Monday night and has ordered the military and national security agencies to deploy maximum efforts towards rescuing all of the girls and returning them safely to their parents. He welcomes reports that the military and security agencies have already rescued some of the girls.”

The President further expressed regrets over the “pain, sorrow and anguish brought upon many Nigerian families in recent days” but insisted on his conviction “that with the patriotic commitment and support of all Nigerians, the country would ultimately overcome its present challenges and move forward in unity and strength”.

“In this regard, President Jonathan will be pleased to see all politicians in the country exhibiting greater responsibility and patriotism by doing more to support his administration’s sincere efforts to enhance national security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and misery of their compatriots,” the statement read.