President Muhammadu Buhari will today leave Abuja for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in continuation of the Federal Government’s efforts to achieve greater security of lives, resources and investments in all parts of Nigeria and its sub-region. According to a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President will, during his visit to Malabo, hold talks with President Obiang Nguyen Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea on further measures to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea.
Adesina said 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 Buhari’s talks with his host.
He added that the two leaders are 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 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 (retd.); the National
Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno
(retd.) and other senior security officials.
“He is scheduled to return to Abuja on
Meanwhile, the President on Sunday
congratulated the National President,
Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Rev. Felix
Omobude, who is the General Superintendent,
Gospel Light International Ministries, clocks 70 Today.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, the
President saluted the clergyman’s vision,
charisma and strength of character which he said have seen him dutifully fulfil his pastoral
calling over the years, as he has largely
demonstrated his love for a united and
The statement read in part, “The President also
commends his invaluable contribution to nation
building and development through his teachings
and exemplary leadership, which continue to
inspire many of his followers and admirers to
work hard and improve their communities.”