- The national summit on security being organised by the Nigerian Senate has been postponed
- The postponement is in honour of the late former vice president, Alex Ekwueme
- A new date for the summit would be announced in due course, Senator Ahmed Lawan said
The national summit on security being organised by the Nigerian Senate has been postponed in honour of the late former vice president, Alex Ekwueme, who will be buried on Saturday, February 3.
The summit, scheduled to hold on Thursday, February 1 and Monday, February 5 at the Banquet Hall of the State House was to be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee on review of security infrastructure who is also the majority leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, stated that the postponement was to honour the late former vice president, and to also enable federal legislators, particularly those from the southeast, participate fully in the burial programme of the late elder statesman.
Lawan said a new date for the summit would be announced in due course, and extended the committee's apology to the invited dignitaries.
The summit was organised to provide an all inclusive platform for heads of security and defence agencies, governors, traditional rulers, socio-cultural groups, civil society organizations and others, with a view to finding solutions to acute and long term security challenges in the country.
Though the now postponed summit was an initiative of the Senate as part of its contribution to the resolution of the rising security challenges, it is being convened in partnership with the presidency to find a common solution to the issue.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is among the dignitaries expected to attend the burial ceremony of the late Ekwueme.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki are also expected at the ceremony.
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