Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday host an international security summit aimed at addressing rampant extremism in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
Confirming the report on Tuesday, Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the development was in furtherance of ongoing efforts by the present administration to enhance the security of lives, properties and investments in the country and the region.
Adesina said participants in the summit would include President Francois Hollande of France, who hosted the first Regional Security Summit in Paris in May 2014.
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Buhari and the French President, who is scheduled to arrive Abuja on Friday on an official visit, will be joined at the summit by the Presidents of Cameroon, Niger Republic, Chad and Benin Republic.
The United States, Britain, Equatorial Guinea, the European Union, the Economic Community of Central African States and the Gulf of Guinea Commission will also be represented at the summit, which will have the successful conclusion of ongoing military operations against Boko Haram at the top of its agenda.
Adesina said the speedy resolution of the humanitarian crises caused by the atrocities of the terrorist group would also feature prominently on the summit's agenda.
The Islamic sect has killed 20 000 people and displaced over 3 million in campaign to carve an Islamic State northeast of the country.
- CAJ News