President Muhammadu Buhari will arrive Malabo, the Equatorial Guinea capital, today to hold talks with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on ways to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and the Gulf of Guinea.
President Buhari was accompanied by the minister of defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd.), the national security adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and other senior security officials, in accordance with the main focus and agenda of the visit.
A statement signed by the president’s special adviser on media, Femi Adesina, noted that the conclusion and signing of an agreement by Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea for the establishment of a combined maritime policing and security patrol committee is expected to be the major outcome of President Buhari’s talks with his host.
According to the statement, the leaders will discuss and agree on other collaborative measures to combat crimes such as piracy, crude oil theft, attacks on oil rigs, arms smuggling and human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea.
Both leaders will also confer on the rescheduling of the joint summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States on additional cooperative measures to curb terrorism and violent extremism in West and Central Africa.
The summit was said to have been hosted by Equatorial Guinea last year but was postponed because of Nigeria’s general elections.
He is scheduled to return to Abuja on Tuesday.