Buhari to attend ECOWAS Summit in Ghana, Jonathan also to be present


President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday, June 19, leave Nigeria for Accra, Ghana to participate in the 59th ordinary session of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He said that former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator to Mali, is expected to present a report on his latest working visit to the West African country to the Summit of the Heads of State.

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However, he noted that Mali would not be participating in the summit following its recent suspension from the group.

“The Heads of State and Government will also receive a report on ECOWAS institutional reforms, single currency programmes and a memorandum on the proposed mechanism of rotation of ECOWAS Member States’ candidature to the Chairmanship of the African Union.

“A communiqué will be issued at the end of the Summit.

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“The 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government was preceded by the 46th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at the Ministerial Level and the 86th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, in Accra, Ghana,” he added.

The statement also state that the president would be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada; Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, and the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

Others on the president’s entourage include the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i.

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The president is expected back in Abuja at the end of the summit.


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