Ter­ror­ism on agenda as Buhari at­tends In­dia-Africa sum­mit

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari will to­mor­row leave Abuja for New Delhi, In­dia to par­tic­i­pate in the third sum­mit of the In­di­aAfrica Fo­rum on cli­mate change and in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism.

The Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a state­ment yes­ter­day, said the sum­mit would open on Thurs­day.

The Fo­rum was es­tab­lished in 2008 as the of­fi­cial plat­form for the ad­vance­ment of mu­tu­ally-ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and African na­tions. The last sum­mit of the Fo­rum was held in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2011.

Adesina said Buhari, In­dian Prime Min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi and other par­tic­i­pat­ing Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment at this year’s sum­mit, would de­lib­er­ate on is­sues cur­rently of com­mon con­cern to their coun­tries such as cli­mate change and in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism.

He said they were also ex­pected to dis­cuss ad­di­tional mea­sures aimed boost­ing

at joint col­lab­o­ra­tion to ac­cel­er­ate the pace of so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in Africa and In­dia as well as fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion for the al­le­vi­a­tion of poverty, and the erad­i­ca­tion of hunger, dis­ease and il­lit­er­acy.

Ac­cord­ing to Adesina, Pres­i­dent Buhari is sched­uled to hold bi­lat­eral talks with Modi and other se­nior In­dian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials on Wed­nes­day ahead of the open­ing of the sum­mit.

The pres­i­den­tial spokesman said Buhari would also meet with chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers of In­dian com­pa­nies with ex­ist­ing or prospec­tive in­ter­ests in Nige­ria be­fore re­turn­ing to Abuja on Fri­day.

He said Buhari would be ac­com­pa­nied to New Delhi by the gov­er­nors of Kano and Delta states, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, retied Ma­jor-Gen­eral Baba­gana Monguno as well as the per­ma­nent sec­re­taries in the min­istries of Defence, Power, Communications Tech­nol­ogy, Agri­cul­ture, For­eign Af­fairs and Industry, Trade and In­vest­ment.

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