President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart Abuja for Lome, Republic of Togo, where he’s scheduled to take part in two high-level meetings.
A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, said President Buhari would on arrival have an interactive session at the Nigerian embassy with the Nigerian community based in Togo.
He would then attend the Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit which will deliberate on common security threats to countries in West Africa and members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
Shehu added that while in Lome, the Nigerian delegation would also participate in a meeting on a Single Currency for ECOWAS with the deadline of 2020.
“Being the largest economy not only in West Africa but also on the continent, Nigeria’s leadership role in this sub-regional aspiration cannot be over-emphasised,’’ he noted.
The statement added that Buhari will on Tuesday join other leaders of the sub-region for the 53rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
He said: “This session will be dominated by the political and security situations in Guinea Bissau, Mali and Togo; institutional reforms of the ECOWAS Commission to enhance its effectiveness; illegal migration of Africans to Europe; and the worrisome violent clashes between herders and farmers, among other issues.
“At the end of the session, a new Chair of the ECOWAS Authority is expected to take over from the incumbent and host.’’
Joining the president on the trip are Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama among others.