May 20, 2024

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will on Tuesday depart Abuja for Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, to attend the 3rd Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, convened by President Nana Akuffo-Ado.

For his sixth foreign trip in 2023, “Buhari will participate and deliver remarks at the high-level discussion on strategies for strengthening peace and security in the fight against maritime-related crimes in the region,” a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, read Monday evening.

The statement was titled: ‘Maritime Security, President Buhari to attend Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government in Ghana.’

As the immediate past chair of the Assembly, Buhari had championed collective efforts by member states of the region, the Economic Community of Central African States, the Economic Community of West African States, the Gulf of Guinea Commission and their partners to address and prevent piracy.

In June, 2019, Nigeria’s 10th National Assembly passed the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act, 2019, which aims to prevent and suppress piracy, armed robbery and other unlawful acts against vessels.

Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), the Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, among other government officials.

 

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