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President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Saturday to participate in an extraordinary summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on the fight against terrorism, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Given the growing threat of terrorism in the sub-region, West African leaders had asked the Summit to review the various initiatives undertaken so far and to redefine the priority areas of intervention to address the worrying attacks in the area.

The decision to convene the summit was reached during the 55th regular session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Abuja on 29 June 2019.

A statement to Latest Nigeria News on Friday by his Special Adviser, Femi Adesina, said that, “President Buhari recognises the imperative of collective actions in the fight against terrorism, and will continue to partner with ECOWAS member states and international organisations to address the menace.

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“In Ouagadougou, ECOWAS leaders are expected to adopt a priority action plan on counter-terrorism and put in place a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the measures adopted towards ensuring lasting peace in the sub-region.

“President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Abubakar Bello, Dapo Abiodun and Okezie Ikpeazu of Niger, Ogun and Abia States respectively; as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (retd).

“Also on the President’s entourage are the National Security Adviser, Maj-General Babagana Monguno (retd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

“The President is expected back in Abuja at the end of the Summit. “