Buhari, Hollande, Biya, others to meet in Abuja over Boko Haram

President Mohammadu Buhari will be playing host to a security summit in Abuja on Saturday.

A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina revealed that the French President, Francois Hollande and President Paul Biya of Cameroon will arrive Friday for the regional summit.

The statement also revealed that representatives of the United States, Britain, Equatorial Guinea, the European Union, ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States and the Gulf of Guinea Commission are expected at the summit.

“The security summit will lead essentially to the successful conclusion of ongoing military operations against Boko Haram in the north east of nigeria and the lake Chad basin.

“Recall that president Hollande of France hosted the first Regional Security Summit in Paris on May 17, 2014 giving rise for the second session in Nigeria.

“The speedy resolution of the humanitarian crises caused by the barbaric atrocities of the terrorist group will also feature prominently on the summit’s agenda,” Adesina said.

The statement added that “Before proceeding to the summit, President Buhari will receive President Hollande and the French delegation at the Presidential Villa on Saturday morning”, adding that “It is expected that new agreements on further defence and cultural cooperation between Nigeria and France will be concluded and signed after talks between the two Presidents and their officials.”