In a bid to participate in the Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, CEN-SAD, President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday depart Nigeria for N’Djamena, capital of Chad Republic.
This was disclosed by in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, today.
Buhari alongside other regional leaders Buhari and other regional leaders will join their host and current Chairperson of CEN-SAD Conference, President Idriss Deby, to discuss security challenges especially Boko Haram and refugees, as well as make a declaration on the entry into force of CEN-SAD revised Treaty intended to fast track the realisation of the objectives of the body.
According to the statement, special awards will be given to Heads of State and Military personnel in Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic and in the Lake Chad Basin, during the Opening Session of the Conference.
The statement read that President Buhari will attend the meeting with Governors of Borno, Lagos and Osun: Kashim Shettima, Akinwunmi Ambode and Adegboyega Oyetola respectively.
Others include Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd); Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen Mansur Dan Ali (rtd); National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede; and the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
According to the statement, the President will return to Nigeria at the end of the Conference on Saturday.
CEN-SAD was founded on February 4, 1998, by the Treaty of Tripoli with the aim of creating a free trade area in Africa, as well as “strengthens peace, security and stability, and achieve global economic and social development of its members.
Nigeria joined the current 29-member regional economic community in 2001.