President Buhari arrives in Ouagadougou for ECOWAS Summit

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu  Buhari has arrived in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso for the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit on Counter Terrorism.


The President was received on arrival on Saturday morning at the Ouagadougou International Airport by President Roch Kabore of Burkina Faso at about 8:17 GMT.


Also at the airport to receive the President were the Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ramatu Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama,  Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi, NSA, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) and Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar. Others were; Executive Secretary of Lake Chad Basin Commission,  Ambassador Nuhu Mamman and members of the Nigerian Community in Burkina Faso. 


The special-one day summit by ECOWAS leaders and leaders from Chad, Cameroon and Mauritania is expected to adopt an action plan to address the spread of terrorism and violent extremism in the region.


The Nigerian leader is expected to address the Summit, where he will renew his call for West  African leaders “to strive to provide the necessary resources and tools” for regional initiatives such as Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the G5  Sahel Joint Force,  to lead the war on terrorism, violent extremism and trans-border crimes across the region. 


President Buhari is expected back in Abuja later in the day, at the end of the Summit.



Mercy Chukwudiebere