President Muhammadu Buhari will today leave for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for talks with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on further measures to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea.
Presidential spokesman Mr Femi Adesina said in a statement yesterday that this was in continuation of the federal government’s efforts towards achieving greater security of lives, resources and investments in all parts of Nigeria and its sub-regions.
He said President Buhari would be accompanied by the Minister of Defence retired Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali, the National Security Adviser retired Major-General Babagana Monguno and other senior security officials.
Adesina said the conclusion and signing of an agreement by the two countries for the establishment of a combined maritime policing and security patrol committee on Tuesday was expected to be the major outcome of Buhari’s talks with his host.
He said Buhari and Mbasogo were also expected to 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.
He said both leaders would also confer on the rescheduling of the joint summit of the ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States on additional cooperative measures to curb terrorism and violent extremism in West and Central Africa.
Adesina noted that the summit was to have been hosted by Equatorial Guinea last year, but was postponed because of Nigeria’s general elections.
The presidential spokesman said President Buhari was scheduled to return to Abuja tomorrow.