Buhari Is In Aqaba For Counter-terrorism Summit
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Aqaba, Jordan, to take part in a summit of Heads of State that will focus on new ways of tackling terrorism.
The summit, tagged, 'AQABA RETREAT', hosted by His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan, would review strategies currently in use in the fight against terrorism and also look at ways of reinforcing joint security structures that would be more proactive in preventing attacks.
President Buhari’s aircraft landed at the King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba, at the about 8.15p.m., local time.
The President was received at the Airport by Jordanian government officials, the Minister of Defence retired Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali, National Security Adviser to the President, retired Major-Genenera. Babagana Monguno and the acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Mohammed Dauda.
Others at the airport to welcome the president were the Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Ambassor Haruna Ungogo and other Nigerian embassy officials in Jordan.
Some West African Heads of State expected at the meeting are Presidents of Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Togo as well as the representatives of governments of 48 countries will be attending the meeting.
A number of key Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are also expected to participate in the meeting, slated for December 2 and 3.
In an earlier statement by the spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari would share Nigeria’s experience on terrorism and its spread across West Africa during the meeting.
According to Adesina, this is with a view to soliciting more support for pre-emptive measures that will neutralise the activities of insurgents in the sub-region.
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The News Agency of Nigeria also reported that President Buhari may also speak on the recently inaugurated Nigeria’s Policy Framework and National Action Plan for preventing and countering violent extremism.
The security document is believed to be tailored toward addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, while countering the dangerous ideologies that fuel terrorism.