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Pres Buhari travels to Chad on Saturday for security talks, others

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Saturday for N’Djamena, the capital of Chad Republic.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement on Friday.

Mr Shehu said the purpose of the trip was 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 Buhari and other regional leaders are expected to join their host, President Idriss Deby who is the current Chairperson of CEN-SAD Conference, to deliberate on security, politics and other bilateral issues.

During the opening Session of the Conference, special awards would be given to Heads of State and Military contingents in Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic and in the Lake Chad Basin.

President Buhari would be accompanied to Chad by Governor Kashim Shettima, Adegboyega Oyetola and Akinwunmi Ambode of Borno, Osun and Lagos States respectively.

Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd); Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd); and the National Security Adviser, Major General Mohammed Monguno (rtd).

Also expected to accompany the President are Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar; Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Farouq and Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede.

Delegations from 22 member-nations would be attending the extraordinary meeting of CEN-SAD holding on Saturday at the Radisson Blu Hotel, N’Djamena.

Nigeria joined the current 29-member regional economic community in 2001.

President Buhari is expected to the country at the end of the Conference on Saturday.

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